This paper analyses the motives, processes, and effects of urbanisation in Korla, a small but rapidly expanding city in northwest China, where the author conducted over two years of fieldwork. The paper aims to show that the historical monuments of the urban environment are physical manifestations of a stirring, and often violent, program of ideational and socio-economic change that is directed at the periphery and all of its residents – even as some of those residents are also posed as agents of the ongoing transformation.
Index by keyword :Chinese modernity, historiography, wenming, political aesthetics, habit, Xinjiang, inter-ethnic relations.
Tom Cliff, « Peripheral Urbanism », China Perspectives [Online], 2013/3 | 2013, Online since 01 September 2016, connection on 27 April 2017. URL : http://chinaperspectives.revues.org/6249Top of page
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