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Published in: Journal of Chinese Political Science 3/2022

09-04-2022 | Book Review

Xuefei Ren, Governing the Urban in China and India: Land Grabs, Slum Clearance, and the War on Air Pollution

(Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2020), 208 p. $95.00 hardback; $29.95 paperback

Author: Jeremy L. Wallace

Published in: Journal of Chinese Political Science | Issue 3/2022

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How do the world’s largest countries govern their urban areas? Xuefei Ren’s slim volume, Governing the Urban in China and India: Land Grabs, Slum Clearance, and the War on Air Pollution, attempts to tackle this gargantuan question. It is most successful in convincing the reader that this is a good question to ask even if it is one that no single book could answer in full. It does this by “defamiliarizing the Chinese city,” pushing China’s urban issues back into comparative context rather than seeing them as unique or exceptional by showing how cities in both India and China face similar challenges in grabbing land, clearing slums, and fighting air pollution. …
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Xuefei Ren, Governing the Urban in China and India: Land Grabs, Slum Clearance, and the War on Air Pollution
(Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2020), 208 p. $95.00 hardback; $29.95 paperback
Author
Jeremy L. Wallace
Publication date
09-04-2022
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Published in
Journal of Chinese Political Science / Issue 3/2022
Print ISSN: 1080-6954
Electronic ISSN: 1874-6357
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11366-022-09797-0

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