Rightful Resistance in Rural China

ISBN-10: 0521678528

ISBN-13: 9780521678520

Edition: 2006

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Description: How can the poor and weak `work a political system to their advantage? Drawing mainly on interviews and surveys in rural China, Kevin O'Brien and Lianjiang Li show that popular action often hinges on locating and exploiting divisions within the state. Otherwise powerless people use the rhetoric and commitments of the central government to try to fight misconduct by local officials, open up clogged channels of participation, and push back the frontiers of the permissible. This `rightful resistance has far-reaching implications for our understanding of contentious politics. As O'Brien and Li explore the origins, dynamics, and consequences of rightful resistance, they highlight similarities between collective action in places as varied as China, the former East Germany, and the United States, while suggesting how Chinese experiences speak to issues such as opportunities to protest, claims radicalization, tactical innovation, and the outcomes of contention.

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List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/13/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Lianjiang Li is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government and International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University. His research focuses on village elections and collective action in rural China. He has published in Asian Survey, China Information, China Journal, China Quarterly, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Contemporary China, and Modern China.

Kevin J. O'Brien is Alann P. Bedford Professor of Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley.

Rightful resistance
Opportunities and perceptions
Boundary-spanning claims
Tactical escalation
Outcomes
Implications for China
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