Making neighbourhoods: The government of social change in China's cities

Luigi Tomba*

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    Based on several years of field research in urban neighbourhoods situated in several Chinese cities this paper investigates the effects of housing reform and the spatial reorganization of China's cities on the recognition of citizenship rights. It has two main objectives: firstly, to show that there is a direct relationship between the Chinese state's goal of maintaining social stability and containing social conflicts and the re-zoning of urban residential spaces. And secondly to investigate the role that these spaces and their new governance arrangements play in justifying loyalties towards the state.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)48-62
    Number of pages15
    JournalChina Perspectives
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009


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