Jonathan Bach is a Professor in the Global Studies Program and faculty affiliate in the Anthropology Department at The New School in New York. His recent work explores social change through the politics of memory, material culture, and urban space in Germany and China. He is the author of What Remains: Everyday Encounters with the Socialist Past in Germany (2017) and co-editor with Michal Murawski of Re-Centering the City: Global Mutations of Socialist Modernity (2020) and with Mary Ann O’Donnell and Winnie Wong of Learning from Shenzhen: China’s Post-Mao Experiment from Special Zone to Model City (2017).

Border as Sluice: Towards a Cultural Geography of the Shen Kong Borderlands

When global attention alights on the Shenzhen–Hong Kong border, it tends to focus on the geopolitical significance of a boundary that has morphed from the Sino-British border, to the Cold War ‘Bamboo Curtain’, to the demarcation between ‘One Country, Two Systems’. Most recently, Shenzhen has been given a mediating role within the Greater Bay Area […]

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What Kind of Model? Thinking about the Special Economic Zone and the Socialisty City

Looking through the lens of the economic zone seems eminently fruitful for conceptualising the infrastructural logic of socio-spatial transformation that has been the result of China’s economic growth in the last 40 years. Since China embraced and adapted the zone model as a site for production of exports and accumulation of capital in the 1980s, […]

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