“Planning going down to the countryside” : How rural planning is integrating rural society and rural space in China from the perspective of state-building

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Today's China is undergoing practices of rural reconstructions and rural planning at a large scale. This phenomenon has aroused wide attention of scholars and literatures covers issues of rural development, rural land use, rural planning and rural residential design etc. (Van der Ploeg, Ye & Schneider, 2015; Siciliano, 2012; Long, Zou, Pykett & Li, 2011;Long, Heilig, Li & Zhang, 2007). Especially, scholars from planning disciplinary in China has done lots of works to research on how to formulate and implement rural plans (Wang, etal., 2012; Shen, Jiang & Yuan,2012; Long, Zou & Liu,2009;Yansui,2007). Those efforts help us understand what is happening today in rural society of China. However, majority of literatures consider issues of rural planning practices from the inside perspective, such as describing rural practices phenomenon and discussing how to formulate and implement rural plans etc., while the outside perspective usually is neglected. Obviously, it is very important to examine rural planning practices from the outside perspective if we want to know what role rural planning practices are playing in our society. Regarding this situation, this paper tries to provide an outside angel to examine rural planning practices under the theory of statebuilding in China. From the perspective of state-building, this paper aims to explore the political meanings of rural planning practices and discuss the role of rural planning practices in the process of state-building. By this approach, we are expected to know essences of rural planning practices in the power layout of the state-building process. Then, we may know how to improve rural planning practices and finally contribute to the sustainable development of rural China. Following the introduction section, the second section will discuss the perspective of state-building and establish the analytical framework for the whole research. The third section belongs to empirical study part, mainly discussing rural planning practices of "Balancing Urban and Rural Development" and " Socialism New countryside Constructions". Finally, conclusions are obtained and some prospects are discussed for rural planning practices of future in China.
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