Collective Resistance in China: Why Popular Protests Succeed or Fail

Collective Resistance in China: Why Popular Protests Succeed or Fail

by Yongshun Cai
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804763402

ISBN-13: 9780804763400

Pub. Date: 03/15/2010

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Somewhat surprisingly, social protest in authoritarian China has become an important mode of political participation. But although academics have paid much attention to contentious politics in China and elsewhere, research on the outcomes of social protests, both direct and indirect, in non-democracies is still limited. In this new work, Yongshun Cai combines

Overview

Somewhat surprisingly, social protest in authoritarian China has become an important mode of political participation. But although academics have paid much attention to contentious politics in China and elsewhere, research on the outcomes of social protests, both direct and indirect, in non-democracies is still limited. In this new work, Yongshun Cai combines original fieldwork with extensive secondary source material to examine how social protest has become a viable method of resistance in China and, more importantly, why some collective actions succeed while others fail.

Cai looks at the collective resistance of a range of social groups—from peasants to workers to homeowners—in formulating his arguments. The book explores the outcomes of social protests in China by adopting an analytical framework that operationalizes the forcefulness of protestor action and the cost-benefit calculations of the government. It shows that a protesting group's ability to create and exploit the divide within the state, mobilize participants, or gain extra support directly bears upon the outcome of its collective action. Moreover, by exploring the government's response to social protests, the book addresses the resilience of the Chinese political system and its implications for social and political developments in China.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804763400
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
03/15/2010
Series:
Studies of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asi Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Figures and Tables xi

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Introduction 1

2 Social Conflicts and Collective Resistance in China 21

3 Obstacles to Successful Resistance in China 43

4 Issue Linkage and Effective Resistance 69

5 Social Networks and Effective Resistance 87

6 The Power of Disruptive Collective Action 110

7 The Limits of Disruptive Tactics: The Use of Violence 135

8 Popular Resistance and Policy Adjustment 155

9 Conclusion 184

Appendixes

A China General Social Survey 2005 (China GSS 2005) 203

B My Collection of 266 Cases 205

C Examples of Large-Scale Protests 207

D Data on Collective Petitions, 1995 208

E Data, on Collective Petitions, 1998 210

F Data on Collective Petitions, 2002 212

Notes 215

Bibliography 261

Index 277

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