Popular Protest in China

Popular Protest in China

by Kevin J. O'Brien
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674030613

ISBN-13: 9780674030619

Pub. Date: 11/01/2008

Publisher: Harvard

Do our ideas about social movements travel successfully beyond the democratic West? Unrest in China, from the dramatic events of 1989 to more recent stirrings, offers a rare opportunity to explore this question and to consider how popular contention unfolds in places where speech and assembly are tightly controlled. The contributors to this volume, all prominent

Overview

Do our ideas about social movements travel successfully beyond the democratic West? Unrest in China, from the dramatic events of 1989 to more recent stirrings, offers a rare opportunity to explore this question and to consider how popular contention unfolds in places where speech and assembly are tightly controlled. The contributors to this volume, all prominent scholars of Chinese politics and society, argue that ideas inspired by social movements elsewhere can help explain popular protest in China.

Drawing on fieldwork in China, the authors consider topics as varied as student movements, protests by angry workers and taxi drivers, recruitment to Protestant house churches, cyberprotests, and anti-dam campaigns. Their work relies on familiar concepts—such as political opportunity, framing, and mobilizing structures—while interrogating the usefulness of these concepts in a country with a vastly different history of class and state formation than the capitalist West. The volume also speaks to “silences” in the study of contentious politics (for example, protest leadership, the role of grievances, and unconventional forms of organization), and shows that well-known concepts must at times be modified to square with the reality of an authoritarian, non-western state.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674030619
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
11/01/2008
Series:
Harvard Contemporary China Series, #15
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments

  • Prologue: The New Contentious Politics in China: Poor and Blank or Rich and Complex? Sidney Tarrow
  • Introduction: Studying Contention in Contemporary China Kevin J. O’Brien and Rachel E. Stern

  1. Student Movements in China and Taiwan Teresa Wright
  2. Collective Petitioning and Institutional Conversion Xi Chen
  3. Mass Frames and Worker Protest William Hurst
  4. Worker Leaders and Framing Factory-Based Resistance Feng Chen
  5. Recruitment to Protestant House Churches Carsten T. Vala and Kevin J. O’Brien
  6. Contention in Cyberspace Guobin Yang
  7. State-Society Relations and Environmental Campaigns Yanfei Sun and Dingxin Zhao
  8. Disruptive Collective Action in the Reform Era Yongshun Cai
  9. Manufacturing Dissent in Transnational China Patricia M. Thornton
  10. Permanent Rebellion? Continuities and Discontinuities in Chinese Protest Elizabeth J. Perry

  • Notes
  • Contributors
  • Index

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