Identity and Space on the Borderland between Old and New in Shanghai: A Case Study

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China’s urban geography has been dramatically altered over the past three decades. Theco-presence of splinters in urban fabric—contrasting and continuously changing interms of condition, use, and socio-cultural consistency—is symptomatic for thecountry’s contemporary transition, suspending existing spatial and temporaldisconnections particularly on the borderland in-between old and new, poor and rich,traditional and modern. Focusing on three urban groups (long-term urban residents,rural newcomers, and urban newcomers) in a district of sociospatial diversity inShanghai, this paper examines trajectories of urban restructuring, aspects of sociospatialidentification, and elements of the person-environment-relationship.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHelsinki
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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NameUNU-WIDER Working Paper Series


  • R26
  • R23
  • Z19
  • Shanghai
  • intraurban borderland
  • urban restructuring
  • rural-to-urban migration
  • coexistence
  • multiple identity
  • spatial identity


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