Globalizing Taipei: The Political Economy of Spatial Development

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R. Yin-Wang Kwok
Psychology Press, 2005 - Architecture - 258 pages
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Taipei's quest to become a global city is the key to its urban development. Globalizing Taipei looks at this "Asian Dragon", a major city in the South China Growth Triangle and a centre for transnational production, revealing how the development of this capital has received firm state support but is conditioned by international and domestic politics.

The book is divided into four parts: economic and spatial restructuring, state and society realignment, social differentiation and cultural reorientation. Each analyzes the interaction of international, state and local politics in the shaping of the city's urban environment since World War II.

All contributors to this edited volume are Taiwan scholars presenting critical insiders' views. Based on each author's specialization and research focus, each chapter provides an in-depth consideration of one of Taipei's developmental issues generated by globalization. Collectively they provide broad, insightful and coherent coverage of this crucial time in Taipei's global transmutation.

  

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Contents

Economic and Spatial Restructuring
10
Social Differentiation
12
Producer Services
35
From a Monocentric
55
State and Society Realignment
78
Housing Production
99
Xinyi as
120
Migration
141
Food Markets
167
Cultural Reorientation
195
The Films
219
Current Dilemma and Future Uncertainty
241
Index
251
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About the author (2005)

Reginald Yin-Wang Kwok is Professor of Asian Studies and Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawaii in Manoa. He is the founding director of the Centre of Urban Planning and Environmental Management at the University of Hong Kong. His research interests cover the political economy of Chinese development and urbanization, globalization in East Asia, urban econmic and spatial development, and cultural impact on urban design.

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