The City In China : New Perspectives On Contemporary Urbanism

Ray FORREST (Editor), Julie REN (Editor), Bart WISSINK (Editor)

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In 1915 Robert Park penned his seminal paper “The City: Suggestions for the investigation of human behaviour in the city environment”. This essay provided an agenda for the Chicago School of Urban Sociology, which formed the basis of urban research for decades.

Given that China’s urban centres now occupy the spotlight that once belonged to American cities, Park’s essay is a platform and point of departure for this volume, which gathers together reflections from a broad range of urban China specialists to consider Park’s (ir)relevance today – for cities in China, for questions about the social life of the city and for urban research more generally.

Essential for a broad range of urban studies scholars, this book is an invaluable teaching resource and a useful tool for policy-makers and planners.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherBristol University Press
Number of pages272
ISBN (Electronic)9781529205497, 9781529205503, 9781529205480
ISBN (Print)9781529205473
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jul 2019

Bibliographical note

The chapters in this book were initially presented during the workshop “From Chicago to Shenzhen: ‘The City’ at One Hundred” which took place at City University in Hong Kong on June 6– 7, 2016. This workshop as well as the preparatory work on this book were financially supported by the Research Grant Writing Fund of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at City University Hong Kong (project title: From Chicago to Shenzhen: ‘The City’ One Hundred Years On”; project no. 9618000).” This collection also forms part of the background research undertaken for the project, “Frontier City: Place, Belonging and Community in Contemporary Shenzhen” (Grant No. 11608115), supported by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council. The editors would also like to thank Ka Sik Tong and Weijia Wang at the Centre for Social Policy and Social Change, Lingnan University, for preparing the final typescript for publication.


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