© 2016

Urban Villages in the New China

Case of Shenzhen


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Da Wei David Wang
    Pages 1-24
  3. Da Wei David Wang
    Pages 71-90
  4. Da Wei David Wang
    Pages 91-107
  5. Da Wei David Wang
    Pages 125-140
  6. Da Wei David Wang
    Pages 141-161
  7. Da Wei David Wang
    Pages 163-180
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 181-203

About this book


Focusing on Shenzhen as a representation of the general urban village phenomenon in China, this book considers the impact of China’s economic reform on urbanization and the urban villages over the past three decades. Shenzhen’s urban villages are some of the first of their kind in China, unique in their diversity and organizational capacity, but most notably in their ability to protect village culture whilst coexisting with Shenzhen, one of the fasted urbanizing cities on earth. Providing a study of regional contrast of urban villages in China with newly collected field work materials from Guangzhou, Beijing, and Xi’an, this book also considers recent developments within urban villages, including attempts of marketization of the so called xiao chanquanfang (the quintessential urban village apartment units). It also addresses the corruption scandals that engulfed some urban villages in late 2013. Through cutting edge field work, the author offers a cross disciplinary study of the history, culture, socio-economic changes and migration of the villages which are arguably embody Chinese social mobility in an urban form.


Urban Villages in China Shenzhen and China's urbanization Migration and urbanization in China Chinese social mobility and Urbanization Guangzhou, Beijing, and Xi’an China’s economic reform and urban villages Protect village culture

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Urban Governance Institute of Contemporary Chinese PoliticsShenzhen UniversityShenzhenChina

About the authors

Da Wei David Wang is Associate Professor at the Centre of Contemporary Chinese Politics, Shenzhen University, China.His main research focus is on Shenzhen-related topics and Chinese cities.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Urban Villages in the New China
  • Book Subtitle Case of Shenzhen
  • Authors Da Wei David Wang
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-50425-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-70017-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-50426-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 203
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Migration
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