Xuefei Ren, Associate Professor of Sociology and Global Urban Studies, Michigan State University
Moderated by: Yao Lu, Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Columbia University
Urbanization is rapidly overtaking China and India, the two most populous countries in the world. One-sixth of humanity now lives in either a Chinese or Indian city. This transformation has unleashed enormous pressures on land use, housing, and the environment. Despite the stakes, the workings of urban governance in China and India remain obscure and poorly understood. In this book talk, Xuefei Ren explores how China and India govern their cities and how their different styles of governance produce inequality and exclusion.
Cosponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, the Columbia China Center for Social Policy, and the Columbia School of Social Work