Urban Poverty, Housing and Social Change in China
By Ya Ping Wang
Routledge – 2004 – 192 pages
Series: Housing and Society Series
Economic reform in China has resulted in a widening gap between the rich and the poor, and urban poverty has emerged as a key factor which may affect future development. This new book examines the poverty problem in relation to housing and social changes in large inland cities, and assesses the effectiveness of recent government anti-poverty policies. The book also puts the Chinese experience in the wider context of transitional economies and discusses the similarities and differences between China and Central and Eastern European countries. The book is based on a long period of research on Chinese urban development, and benefited from several research projects conducted in Chinese cities. It is an important reference for all of those interested in housing, urban studies and social change, and is a key text for students of the Chinese economy and society.
1. Introduction Part 1: Society and Urban Transition 2. Society in Transition 3. Urban Transition in China Part 2: Urban Poverty and Housing 4. Emerging Problems of the Urban Poor 5. Social and Economic Profile of the Urban Poor 6. Housing the Urban Poor 7. Poverty among Migrants 8. Poverty Elimination 9. Conclusion
Ya Ping Wang is currently Reader at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and has previously taught at Shaanxi Teachers University in Xi'an. His research on contemporary China had been supported by the UK Economic and Social Research Council, UK Department For International Development, British Academy, British Council and his university. He has published widely on planning, housing and urban poverty in China and is the co-author with Professor Alan Murie of Housing Policy and Practice in China (1999).