Between 1988 and 2013, the Chinese city of Zouping transformed from an impoverished town of 30,000 people to a bustling city of over 350,000, complete with factories, high rises, parks, shopping malls, and all of the infrastructure of a moderately wealthy East Asian city. _From Village to City_ paints a vivid portrait of the changes in Zouping and in the lives of the once-rural people who live there. Despite the benefits of modernization and an improved standard of living, Zouping is far from a utopia. Its inhabitants face new problems like alienation, class formation and exclusion, and pollution as well as older problems like patriarchy. As he explores the processes of Zouping's social tranformations, Andrew B. Kipnis develops a new theory of urbanization.