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In Search of Paradise
Author: Li Zhang

ISBN: 9780801475627
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 16 June 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.44 x 1.63
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"The emergence of an increasingly assertive Chinese middle class, aware of its rights but selectively attentive to the civic values that speculators and developers frequently trample underfoot, infuses both the analytic precision and the passion ate chiaroscuro of In Search of Paradise. Against the appalling backdrop of the construction laborers' living conditions and of massive patterns of eviction and dislocation, Zhang shows how realtors deploy national laws and socialist and environmental values, with a sometimes self-interested cynicism that nevertheless also answers to the drive to generate a wholesale spatial restructuring---from face lifts to high-rise fortreses---of Chinese society and subjectivity."----Michael Herzfeld, Harvard University, author of Evicted from Eternity: The Restructuring of Modern Rome

"Li Zhang's perceptive analysis of the `spatialization of class' and its role in the emergence of a new middle class offers important insights into a Chinese version of modernization and urban development while also uncovering the unstable and complex ways in which spatial transformation creates new forms of identity and experiences ...

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