Between Authoritarian Governance and Urban Citizenship: Tree-Felling Protests in Hanoi

Urban Studies 2018; DOI: 10.1177/004209801878486

25 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2018

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John Gillespie

Monash University - Department of Business Law & Taxation; Monash University

Nguyen Hung Quang

N. H. Quang & Associates

Date Written: October 29, 2018

Abstract

Little is known about how claims for urban citizenship in transitional states influence urban governance. Advancing the literature, this article draws on empirical research about a tree-felling dispute in Hanoi. It argues that social media is transforming how citizens project power over city officials. Interviews showed how a combination of street protests and criticism on social media disrupted state expectations about how citizens should behave. This opened political space that enabled citizens to voice their concerns. Although officials reacted emotionally to moral coercion, they refused to engage with deliberative claims for urban citizenship and right to participate in governance. The article concludes that social media provides a space where urban citizenship can evolve, disseminate and eventually influence the state.

Keywords: Regulation, environment, governance, social media, Vietnam, protest, discourse

Suggested Citation

Gillespie, John S. and Gillespie, John S. and Quang, Nguyen Hung, Between Authoritarian Governance and Urban Citizenship: Tree-Felling Protests in Hanoi (October 29, 2018). Urban Studies 2018; DOI: 10.1177/004209801878486, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3274451

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