Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale
53 | 2017

Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale
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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale | 53 | 2017

Urbanization and Sustainability in China. Towards a Transformative Change?
Verso un cambiamento trasformativo?

Daniele Brombal
ORCID 0000-0003-2931-4487 
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia
daniele.brombal@unive.it

DOI 10.14277/2385-3042/AnnOr-53-17-11

Submitted 20 Dec 2016
Accepted 14 Mar 2017

Abstract

Since the 1990s China has witnessed an urbanization process with no parallel in history. It is no overestimation to say that the country’s future will be largely shaped by it. To many respects, Chinese urbanization is stretching to the very limit the capacities of the environment to sustain development. On the other hand, it is portrayed as a crucial driver for innovation. This paper aims at shedding light over China’s urbanization potential to bring about transformative change for sustainability. It does so by analyzing the political discourse and official objectives of urbanization. Results show that sustainability has taken roots in Beijing’s approach to urbanization. However, its narrative and objectives remain anchored to the same conventional ideas of incremental development, which to this day has inspired post-reform China’s path to modernization. The potential for transformative change in China’s urbanization appears therefore limited.

Keywords
China. Urbanization. Sustainability. Political discourse. Policies. Transformative change.

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Brombal Daniele

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Urbanization and Sustainability in China. Towards a Transformative Change?

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Journal Article

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it

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http://doi.org/10.14277/2385-3042/AnnOr-53-17-11

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Since the 1990s China has witnessed an urbanization process with no parallel in history. It is no overestimation to say that the country’s future will be largely shaped by it. To many respects, Chinese urbanization is stretching to the very limit the capacities of the environment to sustain development. On the other hand, it is portrayed as a crucial driver for innovation. This paper aims at shedding light over China’s urbanization potential to bring about transformative change for sustainability. It does so by analyzing the political discourse and official objectives of urbanization. Results show that sustainability has taken roots in Beijing’s approach to urbanization. However, its narrative and objectives remain anchored to the same conventional ideas of incremental development, which to this day has inspired post-reform China’s path to modernization. The potential for transformative change in China’s urbanization appears therefore limited.

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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie orientale

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Vol. 53 | Num. 1 | Giugno 2017

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Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing

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None

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2016-12-20

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2017-03-14

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1125-3789

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2385-3042

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Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution alone

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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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China

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 Urbanization

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 Sustainability

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 Political discourse

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 Policies

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 Transformative change

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