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City versus Countryside: The Growth of an Urban Identity and its Meanings in Canton

Virgil K.Y. Ho

in Understanding Canton

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780199282715
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603037 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199282714.003.0002

Series: Studies on Contemporary China

 City versus Countryside: The Growth of an Urban Identity and its Meanings in Canton

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The conventional belief that China has a strong anti-urban tradition is only partially true. By the early 20th century, it became clear that the city, and ‘modern’ city in particular, had replaced the countryside as a source of pride among both urban and rural dwellers. The socio-cultural gulf between the city and the country irreversibly widened, a trend that continues to take its toll on rural China and many of its related socio-cultural values.

Keywords: anti-urban tradition; modernity; rural backwardness; urban progress; rural investigation

Chapter.  19820 words. 

Subjects: Economic History

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