The City as Laboratory and the Urban-Rural Divide: the Revival of Private Property and its Limits in Post-Mao China

Ting Xu, Tim Murphy

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the revival of private property and its limits in urban China. It explores the emergence of urban property markets; urban property-holding in relation to the complexity of urban governance; “minor property rights apartments” that form a de facto real estate market and cross over the urban-rural divide; the “grey areas” of blurring legal and administrative boundaries in modern China; and recent changes to the rural land system and the rural-urban divide. The conclusion flags the theme of the city as laboratory with regard to the blurring legal and governmental urban-rural distinction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-34
Number of pages9
JournalChina Perspectives
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • private property
  • urban governance
  • urban-rural distinction

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