Rightful Resistance in Rural China (Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics) by Kevin J. O'Brien, Lianjiang Li

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Rightful Resistance in Rural China (Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics)
Title:
Rightful Resistance in Rural China (Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics)
Author:
Kevin J. O'Brien, Lianjiang Li
ISBN:
0521861314
ISBN13:
978-0521861311
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1622 kb
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1577 kb
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press (February 13, 2006)
Language:
English
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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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