Ghost Cities of China: The Story of Cities without People in the World's Most Populated Country - Asian Arguments (Paperback)
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Ghost Cities of China: The Story of Cities without People in the World's Most Populated Country - Asian Arguments (Paperback)

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Paperback 232 Pages / Published: 09/04/2015
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Featuring everything from sports stadiums to shopping malls, hundreds of new cities in China stand empty, with hundreds more set to be built by 2030. Between now and then, the country's urban population will leap to over one billion, as the central government kicks its urbanization initiative into overdrive. In the process, traditional social structures are being torn apart, and a rootless, semi-displaced, consumption orientated culture rapidly taking their place. Ghost Cities of China is an enthralling dialogue driven, on-location search for an understanding of China's new cities and the reasons why many currently stand empty.

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781783602186
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 138 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A crash course in how Chinese capitalism, if that's what it is, actually works.'
The Guardian

'The landscape Shepard travels is so strange and monumental that it is hard to avoid being fascinated.'
New Statesman

'Ghost Cities of China tells a mixed story of China's urbanisation drive...Wade Shepard presents an even-handed picture of this process as he has witnessed it and leaves the question of the future open.'
Royal Society for Asian Affairs

'In Ghost Cities of China, Wade Shepard guides us on a comprehensive - yet still often intimate - tour of cities "that are just being born." Through in-depth engagement with the country's vast urbanization efforts, Shepard exposes both the myths and realities of China's ghost cities; haunted spaces, which are not dead and abandoned, but rather have yet to come to life.'
Anna Greenspan, author of Shanghai Future: Modernity Remade

'In his exploration of East Asian cities that are literally disposable, Wade Shepard provides an intriguing overview to a phenomenon that combines two of this century's biggest narratives -- global urbanization, and the unprecedented growth of China.'
Rolf Potts, author of Vagabonding and Marco Polo Didn't Go There

'Wade Shepard cuts through the sensational coverage of China's infrastructure boom to deliver an eye-opening piece of reportage on the topic. A well-reported and fascinating primer on China's ghost cities.'
Rob Schmitz, China correspondent for Marketplace

'Scholars and students of Chinese studies will gain greater clarity and understanding regarding the dynamics and unknown facets of the ghost cities of China. It is a book that everyone interested in ghost cities and the future of China would do well to read.'
Europe-Asia Studies

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