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