What do patterns of political contention look like? Over the course of the twentieth century, protests and social movements in Shanghai and Bombay changed with the commodification of urban land. In his new book, The Power of Place: Contentious Politics in Twentieth-Century Shanghai and BombayMark Frazier examines changes in political geographies and patterns of popular protest in the two cities, analyzing debates over ideology, citizenship, and political representation, and comparing clashes over housing, jobs, policing, and public space.

On October 3, 2019, Dr. Mark Frazier presented his analysis, updating his findings with comparison to the recent protests in Hong Kong.

Mark Frazier
Mark W. Frazier is professor of politics at The New School for Social Research and co-director of the India China Institute at The New School. His research focuses on labor and social policy in China, and, more recently, on political conflict over urbanization, migration, and citizenship in China and India. He is the author of Socialist Insecurity: Pensions and the Politics of Uneven Development in China (Cornell University Press, 2010) and The Making of the Chinese Industrial Workplace (Cambridge University Press, 2002), and co-editor of the SAGE Handbook of Contemporary China (SAGE Publications, 2018). Full Bio
Featured Image


This podcast series brings you the full audio from our public programs, featuring in-depth analysis from scholars, journalists, and policymakers. Regular releases cover a range of developing issues related to U.S.-China relations, domestic politics, foreign policy, economics, security, culture, the environment, and areas of global concern.

Connect with Us

Support Us

The National Committee on United States-China Relations, Inc., welcomes financial and in-kind contributions. The Committee is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and, as such, donations to it are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.