Resisting the Ecological Ruin of a Chinese Village: The Logic of Governmentality During the Communication, Supervision and Resolution of a Pollution Protest

Sheng Lin, Trent M. Bax, Ling Yao

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Abstract

Through investigation of a mass incident to resist the ecological ruin of an emigrant Chinese village in the early 2000s, this article analyses the logic of governmentality underlying the flow of communication and supervision during resolution of a pollution protest. This case study demonstrates how emphasis was placed not on personalistic social ties but on organisational relationships. In examining the key role that overseas Chinese organisations played in resolving this case, this article reveals the governing principle of “diplomatic priority”. And due to the governing principles underlying “territory management”, self-preservation leads local officials to shirk from administrative responsibility. Fear of responsibility and joint liability functions as a roadblock in the flow of legitimate information, and can lead to covering up or suppressing lawful environmental concerns, thereby hampering the timely resolution of the issue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-96
Number of pages22
JournalChina: An International Journal
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors wish to acknowledge and thank all those who participated in this research. This research benefitted from a research grant from Fujian Social Science Program, China (grant no.: FJ2021TW003).

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© China: An International Journal.

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