Miller delves into the issue in all its daunting complexity and doesn't pull any punches. Few are better qualified to understand the challenges than Tom Miller, author of a new book called China's Urban Billion. Few are better qualified to understand the challenges than Tom Miller, author of a new book called China's Urban Billion. China Real Time threatened to tear down his apartment unless he answered our eight questions. Hundreds of millions of these new urban residents are rural migrants, who lead second-class lives without access to urban benefits.
But if they get it wrong, China could spend the next twenty years languishing in middle-income torpor, its cities pockmarked by giant slums. This book demystifies what's going on. Having spent a month in China during summer 2007, I had some knowledge of the major challenges that development has had on China. Hundreds of millions of these new urban residents are rural migrants, who lead second-class lives without access to urban benefits. For China's leaders, there is no roadmap on all this because a lot of the roads haven't even been built yet: China's Urban Billion is the closest they have. What kind of lives will China's urban billion lead? China's recently appointed leaders have tough decisions to make.
The contents are well balanced between an introduction of general trends and case studies of particular cities or urban dwellers - these case studies make the general observations seem much more concrete and immediate. It's almost impossible to overstate the impact that China's sweeping urbanization campaign is having on its people, its economy and its environment. Even those lucky citizens who live in modern tower blocks must put up with clogged roads, polluted skies and cityscapes of unremitting ugliness. Building on interviews and data sets gathered by the author it charts the shifts in demographics from an critical liberal angle addressing the idea of urban inequality and Chinese authoritarianism, corruption and growth quotas making the problem worse. He highlights the role that massive expenditures on urban infrastructure have played and the problems that remain to make that transition both economically and socially successful.
A good overall piece dealing with China's growing population, Miller's book is not particularly deep but quite insightful. Reform of the household registration—or hukou—system is vital. The rapid expansion of urban China is astonishing, but new policies are urgently needed to create healthier cities. Even those lucky citizens who live in modern tower blocks must put. The optimistic view is that urbanization will promote higher incomes, balanced economic growth, and better service delivery.
Migrant prostitutes, some of them addicts, charged half that for a quick session in a blacked-out room divided into stalls. You'll learn a lot from this book. He expertly explains the economic, social and environmental consequences of China's expanding cities and shrinking villages, and above all never loses sight of the people at the heart of this transformation. There's some salty details in your book—including the toilet habits of an amputee beggar. Ver mais By 2030, China's cities will be home to 1 billion people - one in every eight people on earth.
But China is unlikely to abandon the principle of collective ownership of land, which prevents individual farmers from selling the land they farm. But if they get it wrong, China could spend the next twenty years languishing in middle-income torpor, its cities pockmarked by giant slums. The unique Chinese cityscape is the result of many factors - economic, social, and especially political. Series Title: Responsibility: Tom Miller. The good news is that Chinese cities are investing heavily in new subway networks. And- no mean feat for a book about a potentially dry topic-it is a consistently good read.
Over the past thirty years, China's urban population expanded by 500 million people, and is on track to swell by a further 300 million by 2030. If we are able to secure you a copy of the title, our supplier will send it to our Sydney warehouse. But if they get it wrong, China could spend the next twenty years languishing in middle-income torpor, its cities pockmarked by giant slums. If they have the guts to listen to their own experts, Tom Miller says, the country could find itself on the cusp of a new land revolution. The discussion on why Chinese cities are so ugly and unpleasant is especially good. Private ownership is a step too far for conservatives, who worry that liberalizing the land tenure system risks returning farmers to the dark old days of feudal China when, according to Communist Party propaganda, peasants were rent slaves bound to rapacious landlords.
I am left contemplating whether this antiquated hukou system violates basic human rights. There is also a sound economic case for reform. Over the past thirty years, China's urban population expanded by 500 million people, and is on track to swell by a further 300 million by 2030. Combining on-the-ground reportage and up-to-date research, this pivotal book explains why China has failed to reap many of the economic and social benefits of urbanization, and suggests how these problems can be resolved. . The choices they make have enormous consequences for everything from rebalancing China's demand toward stronger consumption to determining the future path of energy consumption. What boggled me then, and continues to today, is that millions of people have been uprooted to make room for development.
Once received we make sure it is in perfect condition and then send it to you via the Australia Post eParcel service, which includes online tracking. As this book powerfully illustrates, China needs its mesmerizing urban expansion to stay on course. Miller's cogent analysis is buttressed by colourful reportage, a reminder of the human fabric that hangs in the balance. How about getting the traffic moving? Miller's cogent analysis is buttressed by colourful reportage, a reminder of the human fabric that hangs in the balance. For example, in their effort to ready themselves for the 2008 Olympics, rows and rows of historic hutong homes were being demolished.
Passport to Purgatory: Fixing the Hukou System 3. Ghost Towns in the Desert: How China Builds Its Cities 6. If China is ever to create an egalitarian society, they must integrate every citizen, rural and urban, into society. And what will China's cities be like? It is a title those who want to understand the country cannot afford to ignore. You can place a backorder for this title now and we will ship it to you when it becomes available.