Citizen Environmental Activism in China: Legitimacy, Alliances, and Rights-based Discourses

  title={Citizen Environmental Activism in China: Legitimacy, Alliances, and Rights-based Discourses},
  author={Setsuko Matsuzawa},
  journal={The ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts},
  • Setsuko Matsuzawa
  • Published 2012
  • Sociology
  • The ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts
While China’s environmental problems have been well publicized to a global audience, its citizens’ environmental activism is lesser known.  This paper assesses the major environmental activism that Chinese environmental Non-Government Organizations and Chinese citizens have engaged in since the mid-nineties to date, focusing, in particular, on the unique nature of such activism in an authoritarian context.  I argue that environmental activism in China has garnered legitimacy and provided… Expand
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