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Republican BeijingThe City and Its Histories$
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Madeleine YueDong and Reginald E. Zelnik

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230507

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230507.001.0001

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Production: Beijing in a New Economic System

Production: Beijing in a New Economic System

(p.104) (p.105) Chapter 4 Production: Beijing in a New Economic System
Republican Beijing

Madeleine Yue Dong

University of California Press

This chapter examines the new economic system that emerged after the reshaping of the urban form of Republican Beijing. It argues that two economic systems overlapped in Republican Beijing: a global industrial-economic network that treated the city primarily as a market for commodities and did not contribute to its productive development; and a preindustrial economic network which served as the main source of sustenance for the majority of the city's population. The chapter suggests that Beijing's recycling economy reveals in specific material terms how a complex web of practices bound the most disparate parts of Beijing society together in quite intimate ways.

Keywords:   economic system, Republican Beijing, industrial-economic network, market for commodities, productive development, recycling economy

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