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China's economic growth : the impact on regions, migration and the environment
Cannon, Terry, 1948-
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Basingstoke : Macmillan ; New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, 2000.
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xx, 315 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
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Economic reforms in China began in 1979 and initiated some of the most fundamental changes ever to occur in any country. While allowing some of the most astonishing economic growth the world has seen, they have also induced some of the most profound social and environmental shifts.

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TERRY CANNON is Reader in Third World Development Studies at the University of Greenwich. He is author of many papers and chapters on China, in particular the impact of the economic reforms on various sectors. He co-edited The Geography of Contemporary China: the Impact of Deng Xiaoping's Decade (1990), and co-wrote At Risk: Natural Hazards, Peoples' Vulnerability and Disasters (1994).

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Economic reform in China has garnered much attention in the last two decades. Popular and academic works abound, yet studies focusing on the impacts of reform on demographic, regional, and environmental systems are relatively scarce. This work addresses those concerns directly in a collection of papers from a 1996 conference of British geographers. Thus it brings the unique perspective of that discipline to issues ranging from the future of bicycles in cities to the Three Gorges Dam. However, the work also faces the problem of appearing outdated in a country undergoing rapid transition. For example, analysis of Wuhan's ability to free itself of provincial and central constraints in the early 1990s finds dramatic shifts in policy and outcomes. But, readers have no sense of what has happened in the last five years--a time when easy gains could have been exhausted and more difficult obstacles confronted. Similar concerns may be expressed with regard to internal migration and the floating population in China's cities, as well as ecological agriculture and erosion. Despite these problems, this work provides a solid introduction to a wide range of issues China must confront as economic reforms continue. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections. C. A. Haulman; College of William and Mary

Table of Contents

Terry CannonIan G. CookMahmound Messkoub and Delia DavinChristopher J. SmithCaroline HoyJohn G. Taylor and Xie QingshuRichard Louis EdmondsLin GanAndrew SpencerRichard SandersDavid HiggittMike Fullen and David J. Mitchell and Andrew P. Barton and Trevor J. Hocking and Liu Liguang and Wu Bo Zhi and Zheng Yi and Xia Zheng YuanDavid Watts and Zhou Yue
List of Figuresp. vii
List of Platesp. viii
List of Mapsp. ix
List of Tablesp. x
Prefacep. xiii
Note on Chinese Termsp. xv
Notes on the Contributorsp. xvi
1 Introduction-The Economic Reforms, Demographic Processes and Environmental Problemsp. 1
Part I Demographic Processes and the Economic Reforms
2 Pressures of Development on China's Cities and Regionsp. 33
3 Patterns of Migration under the Reformsp. 56
4 The Floating Population in China's Cities: A New Ethnic Underclass?p. 91
5 Family Planning and Fertility among Temporary Migrantsp. 115
Part II Economic Growth and Environmental Problems
6 Wuhan: Policies for Management and Improvement of a Polluted cityp. 143
7 Recent Developments and Prospects for the Sanxia (Three Gorges) Damp. 161
8 World Bank Policies, Energy Conservation and Emissions Reductionp. 184
9 Urban Transport in China: Whither the Bicycle?p. 210
10 Is Ecological Agriculture Sustainable in China?p. 226
Part III Erosion Problems and Policies
11 Assessing and Managing the Soil Erosion Problem in southern Chinap. 251
12 Soil Erosion and Conservation on Subtropical Arable Soils in Yunnan Province, South-west Chinap. 279
13 Erosion in Deep Gorges: the Leaping Tiger Gorge on the Upper Yangtzep. 293
Indexp. 309