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Rational Resistance: Homeowner contention against waste incineration in Guangzhou

Amy Zhang
p. 46-52

Abstract

This article examines the logic and framing of homeowner protests against Waste to Energy (WTE) incineration in Guangzhou. I argue that the concept of “rational resistance” emphasised by homeowner activists represents one way of understanding urban environmental contention in China. Urban homeowners use rational resistance to distinguish themselves from both villagers and the state. Their focus on rationality is a critique of the government’s reliance on technology to resolve the social problem of waste management.

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Electronic reference

Amy Zhang, « Rational Resistance: Homeowner contention against waste incineration in Guangzhou », China Perspectives [Online], 2014/2 | 2014, Online since 01 January 2017, connection on 28 March 2017. URL : http://chinaperspectives.revues.org/6458

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About the author

Amy Zhang

Amy Zhang is a PhD candidate in the Joint Program in Anthropology and Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University.Department of Anthropology, 10 Sachem St., New Haven, Connecticut, 06511, USA (amy.zhang@yale.edu).

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