A pollution incident at a Qiaoxiang village in China: the role of migration in civic organization and political participation

Sheng Lin, Trent Bax

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Abstract

Through an analysis of a pollution-based incident at Refinery-G in an infamous Qiaoxiang town in Fujian, China, this paper analyses how transnational migrants participate in and influence the public management activities in their hometowns. This paper underscores four factors driving civic and political participation that emerged during the revelation, resistance, negotiation and settlement of this incident: (1) the role of the ‘leisured’ villager; (2) the role of overseas Chinese in caring for the developmental path of their hometown; (3) the role of independent civic organizations; and (4) the role of the news media in shaping public opinion. Qiaoxiang's civic participation is both more active and more effective. With the development and globalization of modern communication technology and low-cost and convenient communication and transportation systems, it is possible for overseas migrants to influence public management activities in their hometown through civic organization and political participation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1741-1759
Number of pages19
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Volume38
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 9 Aug 2015

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Keywords

  • Qiaoxiang
  • civic organization
  • overseas Chinese migrants
  • political participation
  • pollution
  • social remittances

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