The Neighborhood Consensus
This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to examine the everyday practices of power in Chinese neighborhoods. The book brings into the discussion such issues as housing privatization, hegemonic cultural projects connected practices, economic and social engineering, social conflicts, and the ideology of urban modernity to reveal the connection between changes in residential practices and China's overall modernization project. It identifies five different rationalities connected with this level of governance: social clustering, micro-governing, social engineering, contained contention, and exemplarism. The remainder of the chapter explains the meaning of the terms “neighborhood” and “neighborhood consensus.” An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.
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