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From Village to CitySocial Transformation in a Chinese County Seat$
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Andrew B. Kipnis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520289703

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520289703.001.0001

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Recombinant Urbanization

Recombinant Urbanization

(p.1) One Recombinant Urbanization
From Village to City

Andrew B. Kipnis

University of California Press

This chapter reviews a variety of theories of modernization in order to develop its own theory: recombinant urbanization. It argues that the social transformations associated with modernization should be understood as recombinant—as recombining elements from the past with new elements absorbed from the outside. Practices of social memory are important to this theorization. The chapter also places processes of urbanization in Zouping in relation to those in other places in China. Finally, it provides a summary of the research methods used by the author and a depiction of the organization of the book.

Keywords:   theories of modernity, Chinese urbanization, memory

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