Collective Action in the Chinese Countryside

China Journal, No. 48, pp. 139-154, July 2002

16 Pages Posted: 12 May 2008

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Kevin J. O'Brien

University of California, Berkeley - Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science

Abstract

The study of popular contention in rural China has become a veritable growth industry. Some stock-taking is in order. What do we know about the aims, means, and impact of collective action in the Chinese countryside? How widespread is it? Who is targeted? What forms does rural popular action take? Who leads it and how organized it? Why is it occurring? What, more broadly, can the study of rural discontent and its consequence scontribut to the understanding of state-society relations in China?

Keywords: China, protest, outcomes, contention, rural, repertoires, leadership

JEL Classification: K49, O54, P33

Suggested Citation

O'Brien, Kevin J., Collective Action in the Chinese Countryside. China Journal, No. 48, pp. 139-154, July 2002, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1128982

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