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Thursday, April 9 • 1:30pm - 2:55pm
TH1.30.12 Rethinking China's Peri-urban Politics

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Amid China's continuing settlement transition and the emergence of national policy regimes such as Urban-Rural Coordination and the Plan for a New Form of Urbanization, the relationship between urban and rural has become an increasing focus of Chinese planning and policy. In particular, the intersections of these two realms--zones of peri-urbanity and urban-rural integration--have been dramatically transformed and hotly contested. This panel approaches peri-urbanity as both a spatial and an institutional condition of marginality. In China, such marginality is produced by various institutions of urban-rural distinction, including household registration, land management, and state and collective governance. While peri-urbanity is conventionally understood as the lateral intersection of urban and rural territories, institutional marginality can produce peri-urbanity in diverse socio-spatial arrangements, including the subterranean, the archipelagic, and the regional. Combining disciplinary perspectives from planning, political science, anthropology, and geography, the panel addresses the production, contestation, and exploitation of these diverse conditions of peri-urbanity in contemporary China. Kyle Jaros investigates how China’s provincial governments are using the banner of new-style urbanization to accelerate peri-urban development and extend their administrative reach. Annette Kim explores Beijing's evolving market for bomb-shelter housing as the identity of migrants are increasingly marginalized in social discourse. Yuan Xiao looks at how China's land quota markets draw resources away from rural areas and reinforce the imbalances between big and small cities. And Nick Smith considers efforts to fund rural development by transforming China's peri-urban villages into real estate developers.

‘New-style urbanization’ or metropolitanization?: The case of China’s Xi-Xian New Area
Kyle Jaros, Harvard Kennedy School

Excavating the Subterranean City: the living conditions, livelihood strategies, and governance of Beijing’s underground housing population
Annette M. Kim, University of Southern California

Making Land Fly: The Institutionalization of China’s Land Quota Markets and Its Implications for Rural-Urban Relations
Yuan Xiao, Columbia Law School

Village-as-the-City: Turning China’s Villages into Real Estate Developers
Nick R. Smith, Harvard University


Annette Kim, University of Southern California

University of Southern California

Kyle Jaros

Harvard Kennedy School
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Nick R. Smith

PhD Candidate, Yale-NUS College

Yuan Xiao

Columbia Law School

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Nick R. Smith

PhD Candidate, Yale-NUS College

Thursday April 9, 2015 1:30pm - 2:55pm EDT
Palm Isle (lobby level)