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Remembering the City: Changing Conceptions of Community in Urban China.

Manley, A. and Silk, M., 2019. Remembering the City: Changing Conceptions of Community in Urban China. City and Community, 18 (4), 1240-1266.

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DOI: 10.1111/cico.12466

Abstract

Adopting complimentary integrative research methodologies, this article examines changing conceptions of community amongst urban residents within the city of Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China. Whilst the impact of urban transformation from a macro-perspective, deploying large scale quantitative measures to capture resident perceptions within China’s mega-cities, has been addressed, there is something of a scholarly lacuna that adopts a micro-perspective to explore the nation-state’s smaller developing cities. Thus, through local residents’ past memories, ‘everyday’ experiences of (former) urban communities, and reflections on a particular way of life, we focus upon the subjective/affective meanings and memories attached to processes of urban change. We place emphasis on the manner in which residents make sense of socio-spatial transformations in relation to the (re)making of community, local social interaction, and a sense of belonging. Discussion centres on the affective and embodied notions of a particular way of life in (older) communities; sensory performances that were deemed difficult to replicate within modern development zones and the broader field of contemporary Chinese society.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1535-6841
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:31846
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:21 Feb 2019 14:02
Last Modified:07 Jan 2020 10:34

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