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ChengZhongCun: Borderlands of Urban Development in China

Abstract

ChengZhongCuns (CZCs) are an urban development phenomenon specific to China. CZCs are villages in the middle of Chinese cities. Because of China's dual land system, a large city can surround a small village. Although the village is completely encompassed by the city, it remains autonomous. CZCs become enclaves within Chinese cities that are home to primarily low-income migrants looking to gain access to the wealth and job opportunities that only cities can provide. I examine these cities through sociological understandings of borders and borderlands. CZCs occupy a very precise position between Chinese understandings of urban versus rural. Although CZCs are an essential part of the Chinese rental market, they are constantly being destroyed to make way for new upscale development.

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Donghui He

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Development and Economics

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Maxey 104

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ChengZhongCun: Borderlands of Urban Development in China

Maxey 104

ChengZhongCuns (CZCs) are an urban development phenomenon specific to China. CZCs are villages in the middle of Chinese cities. Because of China's dual land system, a large city can surround a small village. Although the village is completely encompassed by the city, it remains autonomous. CZCs become enclaves within Chinese cities that are home to primarily low-income migrants looking to gain access to the wealth and job opportunities that only cities can provide. I examine these cities through sociological understandings of borders and borderlands. CZCs occupy a very precise position between Chinese understandings of urban versus rural. Although CZCs are an essential part of the Chinese rental market, they are constantly being destroyed to make way for new upscale development.

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