Silencing the smog : an analysis of evolving forms of pollution protesting, repression and the emergence of rights consciousness in China’s war on pollution

dc.contributor.advisor Kopper, Ákos
dc.contributor.advisor Salát, Orsolya
dc.contributor.author Eckford, James
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-08T08:52:10Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-08T08:52:10Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.description Second semester University: Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest en_US
dc.description.abstract Environmental consciousness and its manifestation through protests is on a continued rise in China. Throughout the countryside and the cities, pollution has become a major source of contention and unrest. The thesis will consider the duality of the Communist Party’s actions in introducing democratic elements in the war on pollution whilst simultaneously stifling public discussion of air pollution. The Party has signalled that its war on pollution is to be fought only from the top-down, the thesis will argue that the banning of the documentary Under the Dome, the street protests in Chengdu in December 2016 and its subsequent repression represent the tension inherent in China’s current transformation. Using social movement theory, the thesis will analyse the evolution in mobilisation strategies and actions of protest that have accompanied the rise in environmental consciousness showing that the ‘floodgates’ are open for collective grassroots action against pollution. The thesis will argue that despite the small size of the Chengdu protests, their occurrence is symptomatic of a growing rights consciousness that is accompanying the dramatic rise of environmental contention. Thus, demonstrating that ordinary people are more willing to engage in contentious politics in inventive ways than before to defend their right to clean air. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/20.500.11825/506
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Global Campus Europe (EMA) theses 2016/2017;
dc.subject pollution en_US
dc.subject China en_US
dc.subject civil society en_US
dc.subject social mobilisation en_US
dc.subject environmental ethics en_US
dc.subject environmental degradation en_US
dc.subject environment en_US
dc.subject human rights en_US
dc.title Silencing the smog : an analysis of evolving forms of pollution protesting, repression and the emergence of rights consciousness in China’s war on pollution en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
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