The Maoming Anti-PX Protest of 2014
China has witnessed several peaceful and successful anti-PX (para-xylene) protests in Xiamen, Dalian, and Ningbo in recent years. However, the protest in Maoming in 2014 turned out to be a noteworthy exception. By using participant observation and in-depth interview data, this article raises the following observations: first, in spite of official propaganda, Maoming citizens actually understand the environmental risk of PX production because of their personal experiences with existing pollution as well as from their knowledge of the Xiamen incident. Secondly, the Maoming protest proceeded in a less organised manner, which explains its violent tendencies. Finally, the large-scale protest was able to proceed without the support of mainstream media and the middle class due to the use of online social media and local knowledge of the urban terrain.
Index by keyword :social media, environmental movement, Maoming anti-PX protest, protest mobilisation.
Kingsyhon Lee and Ming-sho Ho, « The Maoming Anti-PX Protest of 2014 », China Perspectives [Online], 2014/3 | 2014, Online since 01 January 2017, connection on 28 March 2017. URL : http://chinaperspectives.revues.org/6537Top of page
© All rights reservedTop of page