Urban Renewal and Spatial Justice in China’s Changing Urban Governance

Ling WU


China’s urban governance has been undergoing the formation and transformation of urban entrepreneurialism, within which urban renewal has emerged in the forefront of the conflicts between urbanization of neoliberalism and social resistance since 1990s. This study aims to discuss the problems of spatial justice in the post-socialist and post-political China’s cities through the lens of the neoliberal urbanization and its relation with authotarianism operating within the frontier of urban renewal and resistance. This study not only contributes to the understanding of China’s neoliberal urbanization, but also has multiple implicications for urban governance and spatial justice studies in general.


Urban governance; Urban renewal; Spatial justice; Neoliberalism

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/7417


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