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Special Feature: The City, Laboratory of the New China

Where Are the Chinese Cities Heading?

Three Approaches to the Metropolis in Contemporary China
Jean-François Doulet
p. 4-14


Metropolisation is essential to approaching the current changes in urban China. We put forward three complementary approaches to understanding the main phenomena that structure the Chinese metropolis today and will mould it tomorrow: hypermodernity, contestation, and regulation.

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Electronic reference

Jean-François Doulet, « Where Are the Chinese Cities Heading? », China Perspectives [Online], 2008/4 | 2008, Online since 01 December 2011, connection on 28 April 2017. URL :

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