(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

Digitizing the dragon head, geo-coding the urban landscape. GIS and the transformation of China’s urban governance

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

LIN W. (1) ;
(1) School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle Univ., Newcastle upon Tyne, ROYAUME-UNI


Through an in-depth case study of Shenzhen, this article analyzes how urban GIS has been transformed from a practice involving internal organizational workflow automation, into a more active dimension of the governance of urban spaces-reflected in the expanding practice of “geo-coding” the urban landscape. It demonstrates that GIS practices constitute a particular form of geographic rationality that seeks to govern at a distance while simultaneously regulating the urban environment, intersecting with the broader transformations of China’s urban governance. It concludes that these developments have been largely government-centric rather than citizencentric, yet they provide possibilities for new forms of spatial knowledge production for citizen participation in urban governance


Article of periodic

published at : Urban geography / ISSN 0272-3638

Editor : Winston, Silver Spring, MD - ETATS-UNIS (1980)

Millesime : 2013, vol. 34, no7 [pp. 901-922]

Bibliographic references : 5 p.

Collation : 1 fig., 1 ill.



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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1080/02723638.2013.812389

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