Abstract

Abstract:

Some of the many China stories to attract attention recently have involved NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) protests by largely middle class crowds gathering to demand a greater say in urban development plans. This article argues that such protests a) are a significant addition to the already complex landscape of Chinese collective action (and signal a shift in some quarters from worrying about obstacles to modernization to worrying about the social costs of such modernization); but b) should not be interpreted as suggesting China's imminent democratization (simply because restive middle classes have contributed to the end of authoritarian rule elsewhere).

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 29-32
Launched on MUSE
2009-07-11
Open Access
No
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