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Urban Environmentalism and Activists' Networks in China: The Cases of Xiangfan and Shanghai

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Xie, Lei; Ho, Peter
Journal: Conservation and Society
Volume: 6
Date: 2008
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3192
Sector: General & Multiple Resources
Urban Commons
Region: East Asia
Subject(s): environmentalism
social networks
Abstract: "Despite China's repressive environment, the public, organised by environmental non-governmental or-ganisations (ENGOs), are represented in local environmental governance; their voices are articulated and policy-making is affected. Empirical findings from ENGOs in two Chinese cities demonstrate that envi-ronmental activism is not an activity with a fair degree of autonomy and self-regulation, but occupies a social space that is enmeshed in a web of interpersonal relations and informal/formal rules between po-litical and social actors. Contextual factors of economic development, openness of the political system and local culture also have impacts on movement dynamics in different locations."

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