Production: Beijing in a New Economic System

Madeleine Yue Dong

in Republican Beijing

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780520230507
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927636 | DOI:
Production: Beijing in a New Economic System

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This chapter examines the new economic system that emerged after the reshaping of the urban form of Republican Beijing. It argues that two economic systems overlapped in Republican Beijing: a global industrial-economic network that treated the city primarily as a market for commodities and did not contribute to its productive development; and a preindustrial economic network which served as the main source of sustenance for the majority of the city's population. The chapter suggests that Beijing's recycling economy reveals in specific material terms how a complex web of practices bound the most disparate parts of Beijing society together in quite intimate ways.

Keywords: economic system; Republican Beijing; industrial-economic network; market for commodities; productive development; recycling economy

Chapter.  14422 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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