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From Village to City: Social Transformation in a Chinese County Seat

Author:
Andrew B. Kipnis

ISBN:
978 0 520 28971 0
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
280
List price(s):
$29.95
₤22.95
€28.50

Publication date:
6 May 2016

Short description: 

Between 1988 and 2013, the Chinese city of Zouping transformed from an impoverished town to a bustling city of over 300,000, complete with factories, high rises, and all the infrastructure of a wealthy East Asian city. This book focuses on the rapid changes in Zouping, its environs and in the lives of the once-rural people who live there.

Full description: 

Between 1988 and 2013, the Chinese city of Zouping transformed from an impoverished town of 30,000 people to a bustling city of over 300,000, complete with factories, high rises, parks, shopping malls, and all the infrastructure of a wealthy East Asian city. From Village to City paints a vivid portrait of the rapid changes in Zouping and its environs and in the lives of the once-rural people who live there. Despite the benefits of modernization and an improved standard of living for many of its residents, Zouping is far from a utopia; its inhabitants face new challenges and problems such as alienation, class formation and exclusion, and pollution. As he explores the city's transformation, Andrew B. Kipnis develops a new theory of urbanization in this compelling portrayal of an emerging metropolis and its people.

Biography: 

Andrew B. Kipnis is Professor of Anthropology in the School of Culture, History and Language of the College of Asia and the Pacific at The Australian National University.

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