Creativity and Inequality: The Dual Path of China’s Urban Development

Part of the Governing China in the 21st Century book series (GC21)


This chapter sets out to analyze urban development and branding strategies for emerging global cities in China. It takes as its starting point that there has been a shift from a focus on economic dimensions towards a global city discourse in which various dimensions are at play, including economic, cultural, social and environmental. The empirical focus is five large, globalizing Chinese cities, namely Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. The findings show that multidimensionality, and hence being a center of not only economy and finance but of multiple elements (such as those pertaining to culture, social factors, and the environment) increasingly defines emerging global cities in China, as well as tomorrow’s global cities.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Georgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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