Max-Weber-Kolleg Religion, Society, and World Relations Knowledge, Spaces, and Media Research

Hybrid ownership structures in state capitalism. Ownership-based society, socio-economic differentiation and Governmentality analysed through the example of Shenzhen, China

Subproject in the SFB TRR294 "Structural Change of Property". The project explores the interdependencies at play between the hybrid land ownership rights and the emergence of structures that are characteristic of property-based societies following China’s transformation into a market economy. It further investigates how this process yields new relationships between state and society (Governmentality).

Project management

Prof. Dr. Carsten Herrmann-Pillath
Prof. Dr. Carsten Herrmann-Pillath
Fellow (Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies)

Main project

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In a case study, the researchers of the project analyse five ‘joint-stock cooperatives’ in Shenzhen, which operate both as parafiscal and corporate entities in the context of Chinese ‘urban villages’. The data are collected in semi-structured and standardised interviews for a range of stakeholder groups, including representatives of the aforementioned organisations and companies and residents of the urban villages.

Property research China

Cooperation partner

Research focus

Religion, Society, and World Relations

Knowledge, Spaces, and Media