Reclaiming Chinese Society: The New Social Activism by You-tien Hsing, Ching Kwan Lee

By You-tien Hsing, Ching Kwan Lee

Reclaiming chinese language Society analyses the mechanisms, strategies and actors generating a large spectrum of social and cultural alterations in reform China. opposite to such a lot literature that emphasizes monetary and political tactics on the cost of chinese language society, this quantity argues for the centrality of the social in knowing chinese language improvement.

Each of the 11 chapters addresses one kind of grassroots activism, masking feminist activism, civic environmentalism, spiritual revival, violence, movie, media, intellectuals, housing, citizenship and deprivation.

The wide-range of study types utilized in this assortment, together with ethnography, nearby comparability, quantitative and statistical research, interviews, textual and content material research, deals scholars a methodologically wealthy vista to China stories.

Written through topic specialists and overlaying all features of chinese language Society, this e-book deals an authoritative assessment of chinese language society. it really is a useful source for classes on chinese language Society and tradition and may be of curiosity to scholars and students in chinese language and Asian studies.

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Strategy II: Delegitimizing eviction programs and rent payment litigation In addition to striving to sustain rights claims over their old homes, chaiqianhu protestors also tried to deny the legitimacy of their new homes. Litigation over rent payment for the relocation housing exemplifies this strategy. Before moving to their relocation housing, many chaiqianhu were promised by demolition officials that the relocation housing units were offered to them in exchange for their old homes in the inner city.

This seemingly straightforward framing had two territorial implications. The first one concerned the location of the demolished house in the compensation calculation. As presented earlier, under the state ownership of urban land, building materials of the house were compensated for, but the land was not. If the house to be demolished was privately owned, the staff of the Demolition Office would use official compensation calculation guidelines that convert total floor area, the number of electricity outlets, the size of wells in the courtyard, the materials of the roof, floor, walls, etc.

So, being taken to court by developers, chaiqianhu could establish their status as a defendant in court. Once the case was accepted by the court, chaiqianhu would counteract the litigation and reverse their status from a defendant to plaintiff, and sue the government-sponsored developer for land-rights violation, and demand a clarification of the land use rights along with adequate compensation. Chaiqianhu had used the litigation to shift their position from reactive defendants to proactive challengers of the land-dependent local regime of accumulation.

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