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Lecture: The Great Urban Transformation: Politics of Land and Property in China (Berkeley, 9/1)

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    [From http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/its.html?event_ID=32116&date=2010-09-01] The Great Urban Transformation: Politics of Land and Property
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      "The Great Urban Transformation: Politics of Land and Property in China"

      Lecture | September 1 | 4 p.m. | Institute of East Asian Studies, UC
      Berkeley (2223 Fulton, Berkeley, CA)

      Speaker/Performer: You-tien Hsing, Associate Professor, Geography, UC

      Sponsors: East Asian Studies, Institute of (IEAS), Chinese Studies, Center
      for (CCS)

      In The Great Urban Transformation: Politics of Land and Property in China,
      Hsing emphasizes the centrality of cities in China’s ongoing
      transformation. Based on fieldwork in 24 Chinese cities between 1996 and
      2007, she forwards an analysis of the relations between the city, the
      state and society through two concepts: urbanization of the local state
      and civic territoriality. Urbanization of the local state is a process of
      state power building entailing an accumulation regime based on the
      commodification of state-owned land, the consolidation and legitimation of
      territorial authority through construction projects, and a policy
      discourse dominated by notions of urban modernity. Civic territoriality
      encompasses the politics of distribution engendered by urban expansionism,
      and social actors’ territorial strategies toward self-protection. Findings
      are based on observations in three types of places. In the inner city of
      major metropolitan centers, municipal governments battle high-ranking
      state agencies to secure land rents from redevelopment projects, while
      residents mobilize to assert property and residential rights. At the urban
      edge, as metropolitan governments seek to extend control over their rural
      hinterland through massive-scale development projects, villagers
      strategize to profit from the encroaching property market. At the rural
      fringe, township leaders become brokers of power and property between the
      state bureaucracy and villages, while large numbers of peasants are
      dispossessed, dispersed, and deterritorialized; their mobilizational
      capacity is consequently undermined.

      You-tien Hsing is Associate Professor of Geography at UC Berkeley. She is
      also the author of "Making Capitalism in China: The Taiwan Connection"
      (Oxford U Press, 1998), and co-editor (with Ching Kwan Lee) of "Reclaiming
      Chinese Society: The New Social Activism" (Routledge, 2009).

      This event is part of the IEAS Book Series "New Perspectives on Asia."

      Event Contact: ieas@..., 510-642-2809

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