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Inner City Demolition Waste and the Production of Urban Peripheries in Post-Mao Beijing

Monday, October 28, 2013, 18:30 - 20:00
Location 地理系405系史室
講者: Shih-yang Kao (高世揚), postdoctoral fellow, NTU Geography 台大地理系博士後研究員
演講大綱:
In recent years, as China is gearing its economy from the export industries toward urban development and domestic consumption, trash begins to receive more and more public attentions. As a subject that lures media weekly and frustrates many Chinese urban dwellers in their everyday lives, garbage is always rendered either as the "downside" of China's economic boom or as a result of failed urban management. As such, it has become part of the popular yet unchecked narrative of "China Speed," in which crises — be it social, environmental or political — appear when social, institutional or political arrangements fail to evolve as fast as the country's economy does. In this talk I take a different approach from those who read China's trash through the narrative of over-speeding. Taking Beijing's demolition waste as an example, I argue that China's garbage boom has enabled a new round of accumulation in villages and towns surrounding the Chinese metropolises. The quest for waste materials by the periphery in turn gives rise to a vibrant network of building-waste mining businesses at the urban center. This finding suggests that the power of trash lies in its potential to expand the market to places that do not have the favorable conditions for growth. Trash therefore is not an anti-thesis to, nor a by-product of, economic development. Instead, in the context of post-socialist China it is best understood as a productive element that lubricates the process of market transition.
講者簡介:
Shih-yang Kao is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Geography, National Taiwan University. He received his Ph.D in Geography from UC Berkeley with a minor in Global Metropolitan Studies. He also holds a Master in Urban Planning from Harvard University and a BA in Economics from National Taiwan University. Dr. Kao’s research interests include the political ecology of urbanization, critical urban theory, and the political economy of development in post-Mao China.
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