Urbanising the Rural
The transition from traditional rural residences to urban-like multi-storey buildings and from traditional villages to rural residential communities (shequ) is one of rural China’s most profound developments of the early twenty-first century. Official discourse highlights the potential benefits for villagers, portraying the new residential communities as gateways to modernity and significant steps toward reducing inequality and disparity between the rural and the urban. Based on extensive research in two counties in Shandong and Anhui provinces, this article concludes that while imposing urban-like models of residence may coincide with prosperous communities’ circumstances, it may easily become a statist venture of predation and a source of tension and rural discontent in less prosperous communities.
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Lior Rosenberg, « Urbanising the Rural », China Perspectives [Online], 2013/3 | 2013, Online since 01 September 2016, connection on 27 April 2017. URL : http://chinaperspectives.revues.org/6279Top of page
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