Rightful Resistance in Rural China

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Rightful Resistance in Rural China

By Kevin J. O'Brien

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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.

Rightful Resistance in Rural China
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2/13/06
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 0511159153
ISBN 13: 9780511159152
Print ISBN: 9780521861311

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