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


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).

In a case study, the researchers 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.

Project activities



Scientific publications
Media and podcasts
  • Herrmann-Pillath, Carsten (2022): “Ecology and more-than-human property”, in: blog of the Collaborative Research Centre “Structural Change of Property”. (published 11.07.2022)

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