Changing Urbanization Processes and In Situ Rural-Urban Transformation: Reflections on China's Settlement Definitions

Yu Zhu

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    China's urbanization has experienced tremendous changes since the 1980s. This chapter begins with a brief account of urban definitions before the reform era. It presents the review of China's urbanization process since the early 1980s, and of the relevant definitional and policy changes. The chapter examines the process of in situ urbanization in more detail, and focuses on various dimensions of the new rural-urban transformation pattern and the blurring of the rural-urban distinction. The term 'in situ urbanization' is closely related to the more widely used term 'reclassification' in the sense that both concern the transformation of settlements from rural to urban. The chapter discusses the implications of the changes for the modification of settlement definitions and for ways of monitoring settlement evolution. It suggests that some ways in which Chinas settlement definitions could be modified and thereby permits the more accurate monitoring and analysis of urbanization and urban change.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNew Forms of Urbanization: Beyond the Urban-Rural Dichotomy
    EditorsTony Champion and Graeme Hugo
    Place of PublicationLondon
    ISBN (Print)9781315248073
    Publication statusPublished - 2004

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