Friday, February 22, 2013

26 February 2013: Decoding China’s Urban Dilemmas

Geeta Kochhar
Jawaharlal Nehru University

China presents a unique model of urbanization, whereby the actual extent of urban population is rising, without the grant of urban status to many such residents. While a debate over residency issue is underway, it is pertinent to understand China’s overall urbanization policy and the reasons behind the enhanced figures of urban population. The paper unfolds the path of China’s urbanization process and highlights the challenges the state will face in future. An attempt is made to decode the legal issues due to which China is able to project itself as “Cities without slums”. The paper makes a preliminary comparison of Delhi’s villages with Guangzhou’s “villages in cities” (Chengzhongcun), which puts forth the future urban challenges for the Chinese authorities. The paper is based on the premise that increased mobility will result in u nplanned expansion of cities, which will amplify demand for social equality and destruction of old institutional barriers that erected walls for social exclusion.

Date: February 26, 2013
Time: 03:45 P.M.

Conference Hall
Centre for Policy Research,
Dharma Marg, Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi–110021(INDIA)

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