The Case of North Lake (Beihu) Ecological New Town in Jining, Shandong, China: Discourses of Class, Taste, Luxury Consumption and ‘Conduct’
Andrew Law, Q. Quin
In recent years, a great deal of work has emerged on eco-cities in China. Specifically, writers have discussed the role of the entrepreneurial state in the construction of eco-cities and have noted the role of these cities in the production of high-end real estate and new forms of capital accumulation and land acquisition. Whilst this chapter supports these arguments, we argue that the emergence of eco-cities in China is tied up with broader socioeconomic and cultural discourses and discourses of governance. We explore these ideas through a qualitative investigation of an eco-city known as the North Lake (Beihu) Ecological New Town (NLENT) located in the city of Jining, Shandong province. Specifically, this project, which involved the collection of documents, photographs and 20 semi-structured interviews, aims to understand the role that discourses of class, taste and consumption play in the fashioning of Chinese eco-cities. In exploring discourses of ‘green conduct’, this chapter also seeks to understand the role of eco-cities in the governmental fashioning of Chinese subjects and bodies. In this regard, this chapter suggests that whilst new forms of green development have played a part in urban expansion, new green real estate zones such as the NLENT have a powerful role to play in the construction and shaping of Chinese identity and behaviour.
Quin, Q., and A.M. Law. “The Case of Notrth Lake (Beihu) Ecological New Town in Jining, Shandong, China: Discourses of Class, Taste, Luxury Consumption and “Conduct”.” In Soustainable Real Estate in the Developing World, edited by R. T. Abdulai and K.G. Baffour Awuah, 83-. Emerald Publishing Limited, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-83867-837-120211006