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The Great Urban Transformation: Politics of Land and Property in China Paperback – 4 May 2012
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Review from previous edition excellent guide to understanding the ongoing boom in China ... Fascinating examples of urban development, mostly from Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, accompany incisive conceptualization and analysis. Summing up: Recommended. (K.E. Stapleton, CHOICE)
Its highly readable narrative style alone makes this an important book: through diverse case studies, Hsing explains complicated development scenarios with clarity and insight ... refreshing and challenging (Carolyn Cartier, China Quarterly)
In this landmark book, Hsing captures the complex and contingent nature of property-making and property-ownership in rapidly-urbanizing China... This ambitious book should be read by everyone interested in the contemporary politics in China, and the ways state and society are co-produced and co-constitutive of the expanding urban landscape. (Aihwa Ong, University of California at Berkeley, Author of Flexible Citizenship: The Cultural logic of Transnationality and Buddha in Hiding: Refugees, Citizenship, the New America)
A path-breaking book that brings to light one of Chinas most opaque yet profound developments ― the momentous contestations over land. Professor Hsing unravels the complex struggles over land use rights, housing entitlement and property ownership that have embroiled ordinary citizens and state officials at different levels of the Chinese government. It is an epic story told with analytical clarity, theoretical insights and deeply engaging human dramas. (Ching Kwan Lee, University of California at Berkeley)
This book is a masterful piece of scholarship and meaningful analysis. It is a most innovative contribution to the understanding of the transformation of China. It shows how the politics of land development is at the same time the key source of capital accumulation and class formation, and the trigger of social conflicts that may threaten the new Chinese order. Professor Hsing is one of the leading researchers on the study of capitalism in China, and her new book will change our way of thinking about one of the most important processes that are remaking our world. (Manuel Castells, University of Southern California)
Cities are the pivot of China's economy, as it resumes its place on the world stage. Shooting skyward, exploding outward, China's great cities seem to consume all in their path. Resistance is hard, and even the Chinese state has been reshaped to serve the urban juggernaut. No one captures this better than Professor Hsing. The Great Urban Transformation is essential reading for every student of Chinese development and global cities. (Richard A. Walker, University of California)
About the Author
You-tien Hsing is Associate Professor of Geography at University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of Making Capitalism in China: The Taiwan Connection (1998, Oxford University Press) and co-editor (with Ching Kwan Lee) of Reclaiming Chinese Society: The New Social Activism (2009, Routledge).
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4 July 2011
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A popular truism is that property rights are nine-tenths possession. The remaining tenth is a legal right. In China, all land is owned by the state, which sells land-use rights. This distinction between usage and ownership is critical, since property rights then become pretty much ten-tenths possession (unless you're the state, where all legal rights reside). In a manner reminiscent of 19th century Manifest Destiny in the US, China's political heavyweights - municipal government, property developers and state-owned enterprises - have grabbed land from the country's political lightweights - townships, villagers, peasants - in the state-sponsored name of urbanisation, modernisation and progress. This book tells the tale. It is a struggle to read, because it contains too much academic jargon and sieves much of its otherwise helpful investigation through useless sociological theory, which validates professors, but means nothing to the rest of us. It does convince you that there is a "use it or lose it" compulsion in attitudes to land and property in China, which helps to explain the construction and infrastructure boom, which helps to explain the mountain of local government debt. If these investments yield returns sufficient to service and repay debt, you have to be optimistic about the sustainability of Chinese economic growth; if they don't, you can get very worried about its banking system. Since there aren't that many recently published books in English addressing such a biq issue, I have to applaud the effort that this book makes. But if you are not interested in that question, you are probably better advised to avoid it. At a more human level (and this is really a `note to self'), these tag lines summarise a lot of the non-commercial discussion: land grabs, displacement, resistance / declining agricultural output, deteriorating rural villages, destitution of peasants.
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systematic view about land conflict in China
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This book provides quite a systematic view about the conflicts over land in China, involving citizens, local government and other institutions. Though the actual form of conflicts is constantly changing (the government has updated different schemes since when the materials of this book are collected), the book still effectively provides a clear clue regarding the entangled political, economic, and social factors contributing to the land and property conflicts.