Jonathan Bach is an Associate Professor of Global Studies at The New School. He is co-editor of Learning from Shenzhen: China’s Post-Mao Experiment from Special Zone to Model City (University of Chicago Press 2017) and author of What Remains: Everyday Encounters with the Socialist Past in Germany (Columbia University Press 2017). His work examines material culture, memory, and urban change in Germany and China.

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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