Pollution and Protest in China: Environmental Mobilization in Context

The China Quarterly, Vol. 214 (2013), pp. 321-36

17 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2013

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Yanhua Deng

Department of Sociology, Nanjing Universtiy

Guobin Yang

University of Pennsylvania

Date Written: June 25, 2013

Abstract

This article focuses on environmental controversy in a Chinese rural community. It shows that Chinese villagers may protest against anticipated pollution if the environmental threat is effectively framed. In the face of real and serious pollution, villagers may seek to redress environmental grievances by piggybacking on politically favourable issues. However, when the pollution is caused by fellow villagers, environmentally concerned villagers may remain silent owing to the constraints of community relations and economic dependency. These findings suggest that the relationship between pollution and protest is context-dependent.

Keywords: framing, issue piggybacking, political opportunity, community relations, economic dependency, China

Suggested Citation

Deng, Yanhua and Yang, Guobin, Pollution and Protest in China: Environmental Mobilization in Context (June 25, 2013). The China Quarterly, Vol. 214 (2013), pp. 321-36, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2248558

Yanhua Deng (Contact Author)

Department of Sociology, Nanjing Universtiy ( email )

No. 163, Xianlin Avenue, Qixia
Nanjing, Jiangsu 210023
China

Guobin Yang

University of Pennsylvania ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

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