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

Lim, Kean Fan

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Kean Fan Lim keanfan.lim@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Aug 8, 2014
Journal Economy and Society
Print ISSN 0308-5147
Electronic ISSN 0308-5147
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 43
Issue 3
APA6 Citation Lim, K. F. (2014). Spatial egalitarianism as a social �counter-movement': on socio-economic reforms in Chongqing. Economy and Society, 43(3), doi:10.1080/03085147.2014.883797
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/03085147.2014.883797
Keywords Spatial Egalitarianism, Urban�Rural Integration, Hukou, Double Movement, State�Market Relations, Chongqing, China
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03085147.2014.883797
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Economy and Society on 8/08/2014, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline...0/03085147.2014.883797.

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