Urban Studies China Strategy

This Spring, Urban Studies published a Virtual Special Issue, edited by Shenjing He and Junxi Qian, entitled ‘From an emerging market to a multifaceted urban society: Urban China studies’. This issue recognised the engagement of scholars, from multiple disciplines, within this journal and across the broader field of urban studies, in the interrogation of the dramatic urban revolution underway in China arising as a consequence of the economic reform since the 1970s. It plotted the broad span of advance across four well-established themes: globalisation and the making of global cities; land and housing development; urban poverty and socio-spatial inequality; and rural migrants and their urban experiences. Significantly, it also moved to highlight three emerging areas of investigation in need of further enhancement, namely: urban fragmentation, enclaves and public space; consumption, middle class aestheticisation and urban culture; and the right to the city and urban activism. Such an issue, of course, cannot hope to capture the entirety of discourse on urban China to date, nor identify the full spectrum of future routes to advance. It does at least, however, recognise the importance of urban China studies globally, whilst also encouraging further engagement in the analysis of the challenges wrought by the speed and scale of urban transformation in urban China.

Over recent years, the surge in interest in urban China studies has manifested itself in a phenomenal surge in submissions on this topic to the Urban Studies journal, from scholars based in China and elsewhere. To this end, and with the intention of facilitating dialogue, Urban Studies has determined to launch a new set of resources. From June of this year, Urban Studies will publish all article abstracts in Chinese. It will also provide a full translation of selected articles. Alongside these initiatives, Urban Studies will produce a range of web-based resources, in Chinese and in English. These will span guidance on writing articles with the capacity to engage in global urban studies debates and the identification of research phenomena requiring further interrogation. These resources will be built with the support of leading urban China scholars. We will also launch a unique Chinese social media campaign designed to connect scholars in China with Urban Studies content and to encourage their high-quality submission to the journal. Through time, we hope to add further resources as new opportunities to do so emerge.

Jon Bannister and Shenjing He
(on behalf of the Managing Editors)

Shenjing He introduces and discusses the future direction for Urban Studies in China

Contents

  1. Translation in Chinese

Translation in Chinese

《城市研究》的中国策略

 

今年春天,《城市研究》出版了一期由何深静和钱俊希编辑,名为“从新兴市场到包罗万象的城市社会:中国城市研究”的虚拟特刊。这期特刊回顾了发表在《城市研究》期刊内外、不同学术领域的学者对20世纪70年代以来中国经济改革所带来的方兴未艾的剧烈的城市变革,所开展的研究和讨论。特刊回顾分析了四个由来已久的学科主题的进步:全球化和全球城市的营造;土地和住房发展;城市贫困和社会空间不平等问题,以及农村移民和他们的城市经历。值得注意的是,它还强调了三个需要进一步发展的新兴研究领域,即城市碎片化、飞地和公共空间;消费、中产阶级审美和城市文化,以及城市权利和城市行动主义。当然,这期特刊未能完全涵盖至今关于中国城市问题的全部讨论,也无法指明学科未来发展的全部景象。然而,它至少指出了全球范围内中国城市研究的重要性,也鼓励学者们更深入地分析快速和大规模的中国城市变革所带来的挑战。

 

近年来,《城市研究》收到的世界各地学者关于中国城市研究的投稿显著增加,可见学术界对这一话题的兴趣剧增。有鉴于此,同时也为促进学术讨论,《城市研究》现已决定推出一系列新的学术资源。从今年六月开始,《城市研究》将提供所有文章的中文概要,及部分文章的全文翻译。同时,《城市研究》将开发一系列中英文网络资源,用以指导学者的文章写作,培养他们参与全球城市研究的讨论以及发现需进一步研究的现象的能力。中国城市研究的主要学者将为这些资源的建设提供支持。我们还将开展为中国特别打造的社交媒体,旨在让中国学者更多接触《城市研究》并鼓励他们的高质量投稿。未来,我们希望把握时机,继续引入新的学术资源。

 

Jon Bannister、何深静

(代表常务编辑委员会)

 

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