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THE RESISTANCE OF LAND-LOST FARMERS IN CHINA: 'INTERESTS-STRIVING' AND 'STRUGGLE BY ORDER'

Hongping Lian

Journal of Community Positive Practices, 2012, issue 3, 478-499

Abstract: This paper discusses the nature of activities brought about by land-lost farmers whose collectively-owned land has been expropriated in China. Through a case study, it is argued that the ultimate purpose of land-lost farmersÂ’ activities is mostly to improve their economic status, thus their responses to land expropriation are characterised as ‘interests-strivingÂ’ activities. Their activities are mainly based on a paradox combination of institutionalized and paternalist order and are much contingent under the macro policy of ‘maintaining stabilityÂ’ (weiwen, è†¸é› â”³), thus the most effective means of resources that they try to mobilise can be claimed as ‘struggle by orderÂ’.

Keywords: land-lost farmers; resistance; interests-striving; struggle by order (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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