The Reflection upon China’s Urbanization Mode Based on the Spatial Political Economy

Yao LU, Ying ZHANG


During the course of urbanization, the flow of the population within the space and society has brought an enormous challenge and pressure to the city, therefore turning the urbanization into a process full of intensive and persistent conflicts. Based on the dialectic relationship between the society and space in the theory of spatial political economics, this paper has pointed out that the creation and expansion of the urban social space can be seen as the process of reproduction, which is also the beginning and essence of urbanization. The reproduction of the urban social space is based on the reproduction of labor force and focuses on the collective consumption. What is more, the urban capital will also decide the mode of the reproduction as well as urbanization. The urbanization in the future will inevitably develop into a series of modes such as the city of knowledge innovation, the city of friendly environment and the city of technological exchange according to the integration mode of urban capital.


Urbanization; Social spatial production; Collective consumption; Urban capital

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