Space Modernization and Social Interaction

A Comparative Study of Living Space in Beijing

Authors: Yang, Qingqing

  • First-hand ethnography of indigenous Beijingers living in a time of transformation
  • An insightful comparison between the ideas of living space among residents of traditional Chinese courtyards or Hutong and residents living in newer high-rise compounds
  • A fine mixture of ethnographic observations with macro-level analyses of the structures of Chinese urbanism and modernism
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This book concerns the Beijing Hutong and changing perceptions of space, of social relations and of self, as processes of urban redevelopment remove Hutong dwellers from their traditional homes to new high-rise apartments. It addresses questions of how space is humanly built and transformed, classified and differentiated, and most importantly how space is perceived and experienced. This study elaborates and expands Lefebvre’s “trialectic” of space on a theoretical level. The ethnography presented is a conversation with Tim Ingold’s argument about “empty space”. This research employs the ethnographic technique of participant-observation to secure a finely textured, detailed and micro-social account of local experience. Then, these micro-social insights are contextualized within macro-social structures of Chinese modernism by speaking to geographical concerns, orientalism and history.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Preparing for the Fieldwork

    Yang, Qingqing

    Pages 1-9

  • ‘Trembling in Another’s Fulfilment’: The Space of the Hutong and Its Significance to Mr. Yang

    Yang, Qingqing

    Pages 11-33

  • ‘Peace in the Noise’: Harmony, Face and Reciprocity in Hutong Spaces

    Yang, Qingqing

    Pages 35-55

  • ‘Enter the Solemnity’: Social Space in the High-Rise Apartment

    Yang, Qingqing

    Pages 57-72

  • ‘Things Have Been Socialised’: The Variable Allocations of Value in the City

    Yang, Qingqing

    Pages 73-87

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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-662-51580-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Space Modernization and Social Interaction
Book Subtitle
A Comparative Study of Living Space in Beijing
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Foreign Language Teaching and Research Publishing Co., Ltd and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-662-44349-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-662-44349-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-662-44348-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-51580-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 152
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
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