The rural fringe in China: Existing conflicts and prospective urban-rural synergies

Giulio Verdini*

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The rural fringe of Chinese cities is today a transitional place between urban and rural areas where several contradictions take place partly inherited from the past and partly due to recent trends of development. A consolidated body of international literature regarding the conceptualization of the fringe and the urbanrural interaction has already demonstrated that ‘populations and activities described either as “rural” or “urban” are more closely linked both across space and across sectors than is usually thought, and that distinctions are often arbitrary’ (Tacoli 1998). Thus peri-urban households may be ‘multispatial’, with some residents working in towns or others engaged in non-farm activities in the countryside. China, as other emerging countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa, featuring rapid urbanization, is no exception with similar ‘complexities of changing periurban production and livelihood systems’ (Simon 2008).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrban China's Rural Fringe
Subtitle of host publicationActors, Dimensions and Management Challenges
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781317004066
ISBN (Print)9781472443557
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


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