Fewer Contestations, More Negotiations – A Multi-Scalar Understanding of the ‘Politics of Informal Urbanization’ in Southern China

Authored by: Josefine Fokdal , Peter Herrle

The Routledge Handbook on Informal Urbanization

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  January  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138183889
eBook ISBN: 9781315645544
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‘Urban villages’ are a phenomenon unique to China. They house millions of rural-to-urban migrants from neighboring provinces in search of better opportunities in the city but with only limited access to the formal housing market. ‘Urban villages’ differ from other informal settlements in Southeast Asia insofar as (1) they enjoy collective land use rights, reducing the struggles for access to resources, and (2) the negotiating power of these villages is relatively strong due to their high level of legitimacy and their land resources.

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