Publication Date

April 2017

Advisor(s)

Mary Alice Haddad

Major

College of Social Studies

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

This thesis examines the flaws in the People’s Republic of China’s land rights and ownership system, and looks at the ways in which Chinese citizens today are resisting land development projects and policies. The research shows how average citizens are succeeding in interfering in the policymaking process and having their grievances heard, despite their formal exclusion from the political sphere. Furthermore, this thesis shows how, as Chinese citizens resist some aspects of the existing state, they simultaneously extol and uphold the legitimacy of the current regime.

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