Who is Relocating Whom in the Renovation of Shanghai's Old City?

March 2013
China Perspectives;2013, Vol. 2013 Issue 1, p29
Academic Journal
The aim of this article is to describe the various actors who intervene in the renovation (and therefore relocation) projects that have been proliferating in Chinese cities for several years. The term "relocation" is a translation of the French term "délogement," which was coined by the author to refer to the specific process that brings together urban renovation, destruction of housing, and displacement of occupants in China today. Based on a field study conducted in Shanghai between 2003 and 2008, this paper intends to reveal the diversity of actors involved in such projects and the varied relationships they maintain with the official sphere, which directly influences the course of negotiations regarding compensation and rehousing.


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