The Homeowners’ Protest in Beijing and Guangzhou: Rightful Resistance and Beyond

By Ying Wu and Ngai-ming Yip.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Accompany with the growth of homeownership, China has also witnessed a sweeping increase of homeowners' protests in the urban grassroots. When these actions are read from the meaning for civil society, action features per se are ignored. Many scholars agreed that the grassroots protests in rural China follow the logic of rightful resistance. But there is little attention paid to the urban neighborhood activism. Do the homeowners employ the rightful resistance for their protests? Is there any difference between the rural and urban rightful resistance? And what factors influence homeowners’ action choice? When the proactive claims emerged in countryside, have the homeowners shown some requirement beyond the existing rules and regulations? The study is is to explore these questions and further the understanding on the characteristics and substance of grassroots resistances in urban China.

Keywords: Homeowners’ Protest, Rightful Resistance, Proactive Claim, Urban China

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.513-524. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 686.071KB).

Dr. Ying Wu

Senior Research Associate, Department of Public and Social Administration, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Ying Wu got her PhD degree in sociology from Peking University, China. Then, she went to The University of Melbourne in 2007 as a visiting scholar and joined City University of Hong Kong in 2009 as the Senior Research Associate. Her current research work is focused on housing management, grass-roots governance and urban development.

Ngai-ming Yip

Associate Professor, Department of Public and Social Administration, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Yip Ngai-ming started his academic career after working as a social worker for nearly ten years. Graduating from the University of York in the UK, he joined City University in 1994. His current research work is focused on housing policy, housing management and urban policy. He is the Programme Leader of the MA in Housing Studies and a member of the Programme Management Team and Admissions Tutor of the BA (Hons) Housing Studies programme, member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and Hong Kong Institute of Housing, and a registered social worker as well as a registered professional housing manager.

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