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Conference Paper: Identity building and communal resistance against landgrabs in Wukan village, China

TitleIdentity building and communal resistance against landgrabs in Wukan village, China
Authors
Issue Date2014
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Current Anthropology, 2014, v. 55, n. SUPPL. 9, p. S126-S137 How to Cite?
AbstractOver the last two decades, rapid urban expansion building on landgrabs has become ubiquitous in China. The pursuit of urban-centered economic growth has created crises of land deprivation and rural identity in Chinese rural society. Land-related protests have become the focal point of movements for the protection of Chinese farmers' rights. Drawing on ethnographic materials concerning a series of influential protests over landgrabs in Wukan village, this paper presents a critical rethinking of the economy and an examination of how the restoration of villagers' collective identity has led to communal resistance that has successfully reclaimed governing power and social order, sowing the seed of hope for a better life. A revitalized and reinvented clan system organized around extended kinship networks has played a critical role in reconstituting the collective identity of villagers. The Wukan events constitute the first steps in an ambitious project to turn around farmers' subordinate and vulnerable role within China's relentless urbanization. In this process, the economy has been redefined so as to give greater importance to the livelihood and the well-being of the marginal groups. © 2014 by The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/207542
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dc.contributor.authorHe, Shenjing-
dc.contributor.authorXue, Desheng-
dc.date.accessioned2014-12-31T01:01:51Z-
dc.date.available2014-12-31T01:01:51Z-
dc.date.issued2014-
dc.identifier.citationCurrent Anthropology, 2014, v. 55, n. SUPPL. 9, p. S126-S137-
dc.identifier.issn0011-3204-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/207542-
dc.description.abstractOver the last two decades, rapid urban expansion building on landgrabs has become ubiquitous in China. The pursuit of urban-centered economic growth has created crises of land deprivation and rural identity in Chinese rural society. Land-related protests have become the focal point of movements for the protection of Chinese farmers' rights. Drawing on ethnographic materials concerning a series of influential protests over landgrabs in Wukan village, this paper presents a critical rethinking of the economy and an examination of how the restoration of villagers' collective identity has led to communal resistance that has successfully reclaimed governing power and social order, sowing the seed of hope for a better life. A revitalized and reinvented clan system organized around extended kinship networks has played a critical role in reconstituting the collective identity of villagers. The Wukan events constitute the first steps in an ambitious project to turn around farmers' subordinate and vulnerable role within China's relentless urbanization. In this process, the economy has been redefined so as to give greater importance to the livelihood and the well-being of the marginal groups. © 2014 by The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. All rights reserved.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofCurrent Anthropology-
dc.titleIdentity building and communal resistance against landgrabs in Wukan village, China-
dc.typeConference_Paper-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1086/676132-
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dc.identifier.volume55-
dc.identifier.issueSUPPL. 9-
dc.identifier.spageS126-
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