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The Extent of In Situ Urbanisation in China’s County Areas

The Case of Fujian Province
Yu Zhu, Min Lin, Liyue Lin and Jinmei Chen
p. 43-52

Abstract

By developing and using indexes reflecting “quasi-urban” status, this paper attempts to quantitatively estimate the “invisible” contribution of in situ urbanisation to the overall urbanisation process in the county areas of Fujian Province. The results show that the urbanisation level of the county areas in Fujian Province would be significantly increased if the urban characteristics resulting from in situ urbanisation were fully reflected, suggesting that the conventional urban statistics seriously underestimate the true extent of rural-urban transformation in the county areas. Furthermore, such underestimation is more serious in the coastal areas with most dynamic socioeconomic development, and thus distorts the true picture of the spatial pattern of rural-urban transformation. The paper explores the implications of the above results for the understanding of China’s urbanisation process, suggesting that rural-urban transformation and the corresponding planning practice in China should be conceptualised in the context of blurred rural-urban distinction and more important roles for rural areas in the urbanisation process.

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References

Bibliographical reference

Yu Zhu, Min Lin, Liyue Lin and Jinmei Chen, « The Extent of In Situ Urbanisation in China’s County Areas », China Perspectives, 2013/3 | 2013, 43-52.

Electronic reference

Yu Zhu, Min Lin, Liyue Lin and Jinmei Chen, « The Extent of In Situ Urbanisation in China’s County Areas », China Perspectives [Online], 2013/3 | 2013, Online since 01 September 2016, connection on 19 September 2017. URL : http://chinaperspectives.revues.org/6263

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About the authors

Yu Zhu

Yu Zhu is Professor and Director, Centre for Population and Development Research, School of Geography, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou, Fujian Province 350007, China (zhu300@fjnu.edu.cn).

Min Lin

Min Lin is an officer of the Complaints Bureau of the People’s Government of Nanjing County, Fujian Province 363600, China (lmin023@163.com).

Liyue Lin

Liyue Lin is a lecturer at School of Geography, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou, Fujian Province 350007, China (lly30@163.com).

Jinmei Chen

Jinmei Chen is a masters’ candidate at School of Geography, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou, Fujian Province 350007, China (xiaogolden@foxmail.com).

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