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 came to shape urban research for decades.
This book gathers together reflections from a diverse range of urban China specialists to consider Robert Park’s relevance today and to offer a critical reflection on current urban China research. The volume includes new research and actively engages with the challenge of conceptualising urban China, asking important questions about the development of the contemporary city.
1. Changing times, changing places: Reflections on a new urban research agenda ~ Ray FORREST, Julie REN & Bart WISSINK;
Part 1: Looking back on Park from contemporary urban China;
2. From Chicago to China: Studying the City in the 21st century ~Xuefei REN (Centre for Chinese Studies, Michigan State University;
3. Moral order in the Post-socialist Chinese city: Generating a dialogue with Robert E. Park’s ‘The City' ~ Fulong WU and Zheng WANG (Bartlett School, University College, London;
4. “Bewitched by the history behind the walls”: Robert Park and the arc of urban sociology from Chicago to Shenzhen ~ Bettina GRANSOW (East Asian Studies, Freie Universitaet Berlin;
5. Learning from Chicago (and L.A.)? Comparative urbanism and the contemporary relevance of Park for China ~ Bart WISSINK (Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong;
6. Positioning urban China: A comparative essay ~ Jan NIJMAN (Urban Studies Institute, Georgia State University, USA;
Part 2: Research Frontiers: Investigating the new Urban China;
7. Handshake 302: Hacking Baishizhou, claiming the neighbourhood~Mary Ann O’DONNELL (Independent scholar/anthropologist/poet, Shenzhen;
8. Between rural and urban: Socio-spatial segregation of rural migrants in Shenzhen~ Zhigang LI and Shunxian OU (School of Urban Design, Wuhan University;
9. Reconceptualising the urban: China’s urbanisation and its implications for global urban studies on gentrification~ Hyun Bang SHIN (Department of Geography, London School of Economics;
10. Rings of desire: Beijing as an ordinary city~ Jeroen DE KLOET (Centre for Globalisation Studies, University of Amsterdam;
11. Modes of migration and subjective well-being: Divergent pathways to urban residency in urbanising China ~ CHEN Juan (Applied Social Studies, Hong Kong Polytechnic University;
Part 3: Reflections on class, conflict and exceptionalism;
12. Class and the Chinese City: Social restratification and urban transformation ~Tai-Lok LUI & Shou LIU (Asian and Policy Studies, Education University of Hong Kong;
13. The city of competition and conflict: Continuities and discontinuities ~ Ray FORREST (Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong;
14. Everyday cities, exceptional cases: Re-scaling research on urban China ~ Julie REN (Department of Geography, London School of Economics.