The study of contemporary China constitutes a fascinating yet challenging area of scholarly inquiry. Recent decades have brought dramatic changes to China's economy, society and governance. Analyzing such changes in the context of multiple disciplinary perspectives offers opportunites as well as challenges for scholars in the field known as contemporary China Studies. The SAGE Handbook of Contemporary China is a two-volume exploration of the transformations of contemporary China, firmly grounded in the both disciplinary and China-specific contexts. Drawing on a range of scholarly approaches found in the social sciences and history, an international team of contributors engage with the question of what a rapidly changing China means for the broader field of contemporary China studies, and identify areas of promising future research. Part 1: Context: History, Economy, and the Environment Part 2: Economic Transformations Part 3: Politics and Government Part 4: China on the Global Stage Part 5: China's Foreign Policy Part 6: National and Nested Identities Part 7: Urbanization and Spatial Development Part 8: Poverty and Inequality Part 9: Social Change Part 10: Future Directions for Contemporary China Studies

Land and Housing Markets

Land and Housing Markets

Land and Housing Markets
Jiang Xu


Land and housing markets in China have invoked a wide range of scholarly debates. This is not simply because of the numerous and fundamental institutional changes that have taken place since the 1980s to redefine and regulate the relationships between land and its users. It is also because of the gradualism and dualism of China's market reform, a diverse path of social and economic transformation. The path has been a peculiar trajectory of market transition that goes beyond the explanatory power of conventional theories. The first purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of the history of establishing land and housing markets in China. The second purpose is to ...

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