Spatial egalitarianism as a social �counter-movement': on socio-economic reforms in Chongqing

Lim, Kean Fan (2014) Spatial egalitarianism as a social �counter-movement': on socio-economic reforms in Chongqing. Economy and Society, 43 (3). pp. 455-493. ISSN 0308-5147

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Through a framework drawn from Karl Polanyi's substantivist theorization of economic practices, this paper evaluates the quest for equitable urbanization in Chongqing, a major city-region in south-western China. Illuminating the tensions arising from two interrelated reforms, namely the ambitious attempt to construct 40 million m² of public rental housing between 2010 and 2012, and the large-scale drive to ensure peasant migrants enjoy equal access to social benefits as current urban residents, the paper explains how the quest for equitable urbanization magnifies two nationwide dimensions of institutionalized uneven development, namely 1) the caste-like categorization of populations according to �urban� and �rural�; and 2) the coastal bias in national economic development. The paper concludes that this state-driven pursuit of spatial egalitarianism in Chongqing expresses the dialecticism of economic development in China: it is a social �counter-movement� against the effects of an uneven spatiality that was instituted to drive and deepen the marketization of Chinese society.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Economy and Society on 8/08/2014, available online:
Keywords: Spatial Egalitarianism, Urban�Rural Integration, Hukou, Double Movement, State�Market Relations, Chongqing, China
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Geography
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Depositing User: Lim, Kean Fan
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2015 07:55
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 16:52

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