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Title: State-led land requisition and transformation of rural villages in transitional China
Authors: Xu, Y
Tang, BS
Chan, EHW 
Keywords: Land requisition
Rural village
Urbanization
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: Habitat international, 2011, v. 35, no. 1, p. 57-65 How to cite?
Journal: Habitat international 
Abstract: Since the implementation of economic reforms in 1978, Chinese cities have undergone unprecedented urban expansion. The suburban landscape of these cities has changed dramatically - from traditionally agricultural to rapidly urbanizing. This paper sheds light on the urbanization process that rural villages have undergone through state-led land requisition. It identifies two physical manifestations of the Chinese countryside during the urbanization process: semi-urbanized villages and urban resettlement housing districts. Based on a case study of the suburban districts of Shanghai, it argues that these two emerging forms of suburban landscape differ not only in terms of their physical form and land-use structure, but also in many of the social, economic, cultural and organizational characteristics of these ex-rural communities. Through analysis of public data and observation from personal interview, the study concludes that state-led land requisition has been a dominant force in expediting the urbanization of the suburban areas of Chinese cities and that the complex interplay between state and market impetuses has led to the multi-faceted transformation of rural communities and to a complicated countryside profile.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/23234
ISSN: 0197-3975
EISSN: 1873-5428
DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2010.03.002
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