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Handbook of Protest and Resistance in China


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Contents: Introduction Teresa Wright Part I Overviews 1. Unrest and regime survival Andrew Wedeman 2. Social unrest in China: a bird's eye view Christian Goebel Part II Protest, dissent, and the law 3. Governing political expression: legitimacy and legal culture Pitman B. Potter 4. Legal advocacy as liberal resistance: the experience of China's human rights lawyers Eva Pils 5. Mass disputes and China's legal system Hualing Fu 6. Dissent below the radar: contention in the daily politics of grassroots organizations Sophia Woodman Part III Urban labor 7. Labor legislation, workers, and the Chinese state Jenny Chan and Mark Selden 8. Worker protests and state response in present-day China: trends, characteristics, and new developments, 2011-2016 Lu Zhang 9. China's contentious cab drivers Manfred Elfstrom 10. Thinking like a state: doing labor activism in South China Darcy Pan Part IV Rural residents 11. Collective petitions and local state responses in rural China Lei Guang and Yang Su 12. Land protests in rural China Christopher Heurlin Part V Urban homeowners 13. Homeowners' rights protection actions in China: why some succeed and others fail Zhiming Sheng 14. Homeowners' activism in urban China: old goals, new strategies Dragan Pavlicevic, Long Sun, and Zhengxu Wang Part VI Environmental protest 15. Environmental public interest campaigns: a new phenomenon in China's contentious politics H. Christoph Steinhardt 16. Networked contention against waste incinerators in China: brokers, linkages and dynamics of diffusion Bjoern Alpermann and Maria Bondes 17. Possibilities for environmental governance in China? Anti-incinerator activists turned participants in municipal waste management in Guangzhou Natalie W.M. Wong 18. Anti-nuclear protest in China Simona A. Grano and Yuheng Zhang Part VII Religion 19. Religious charity, repurposing, and "claim-staking" resistance: the case of Gospel Rehab Susan K. McCarthy 20. Informality as Resistance among Catholics and Protestants in China Marie-Eve Reny 21. Protestant resistance and activism in China's official churches Carsten Vala Part VIII Information and communications technologies 22. From mobilization to legitimation: Digital media and the evolving repertoire of contention in contemporary China Jun Liu 23. Patriotism without state blessing: Chinese cyber nationalists in a predicament Rongbin Han 24. Microblog dissent and censorship during the 2012 Bo Xilai scandal Christopher Cairns Part IX Hong Kong 25. Hong Kong's struggle to define its political future Suzanne Pepper 26. Dissenting media: post-1997 Hong Kong Joyce Y.M. Nip Part X Ethnic minorities 27. The environmental protest movement in Inner Mongolia Uchralt Otede 28. Ethnic unrest and China's multiple problematic others Tom Cliff 29. More creative, more international: shifts in Uyghur-related violence Justin V. Hastings Index

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Edited by Teresa Wright, Chair & Professor, Department of Political Science, California State University, Long Beach, US


'This collection is the most comprehensive study on various forms of popular contention by different groups in contemporary China. By analysing group-specific action, varied government response and the effect of contention, this book coherently and convincingly explains the political rationale for the coexistence of popular contention and regime stability in an authoritarian state that has been undergoing significant political and socio-economic changes. This collection makes important contributions to the understanding of contentious politics, political participation, and state-society relations in contemporary China.'
--Yongshun Cai , Hong Kong University of Science and Technology'Made up of chapters by an appealing mix of well established and more junior scholars, this volume brings together in one place illuminating work on the widely varied forms that protest and resistance have been taking across the People's Republic of China and continue to take even in a time of ratcheted up controls. As different as the sources of discontent and styles of agitation are in disparate parts of the country and among disparate groups, something is lost when varied struggles are considered only in isolation. Wright's carefully put together and very effectively introduced Handbook show how much we can learn from placing side-by-side actions as varied as petition drives and marches occurring in settings as dissimilar as Hong Kong and Hunan.'
--Jeffrey Wasserstrom, University of California, Irvine, US'No book on popular contention in China covers this much territory. All the important social groups are here as well as every conceivable type of resistance. This Handbook will provide a ''one-stop shopping'' for students of Chinese protest and repression for years to come.'
--Kevin J. O'Brien, University of California, Berkeley, US

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