From Village to City (Hardcover)

Social Transformation in a Chinese County Seat

By Andrew B. Kipnis

University of California Press, 9780520289703, 280pp.

Publication Date: March 29, 2016

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Between 1988 and 2013, the Chinese city of Zouping transformed from an impoverished town of 30,000 people to a bustling city of over 300,000, complete with factories, high rises, parks, shopping malls, and all the infrastructure of a wealthy East Asian city. FromVillage toCity paints a vivid portrait of the rapid changes in Zouping and its environs and in the lives of the once-rural people who live there.

Despite the benefits of modernization and an improved standard of living for many of its residents, Zouping is far from a utopia; its inhabitants face new challenges and problems such as alienation, class formation and exclusion, and pollution. As he explores the city’s transformation, Andrew B. Kipnis develops a new theory of urbanization in this compelling portrayal of an emerging metropolis and its people.

About the Author

Andrew B. Kipnis is Professor of Anthropology in the School of Culture, History and Language of the College of Asia and the Pacific at The Australian National University.

Praise For From Village to City: Social Transformation in a Chinese County Seat

"Kipnis successfully engages with how despair, hope, expectations and bitterness shape the lives of his interlocutors in Zouping and how these conditions unfold within the processes of spatial transformation."

— New Books Asia

"From Village to City is a refreshing change from the majority of studies of Chinese cities, which are still focused on large metropolises. Moreover, the theoretical insights are a valuable contribution to understanding how Chinese urbanization, unprecedented around the world in its scale and speed, incorporates and reworks historical tradition, rather than simply obliterating it."

— Journal of Asian Studies

"This is a terrific book; one that should be on the shelves of every scholar interested in China’s rapid social transformation."

— China Quarterly