Relational Repression in China: Using Social Ties to Demobilize Protesters*

  title={Relational Repression in China: Using Social Ties to Demobilize Protesters*},
  author={Yanhua Deng and Kevin J. O’Brien},
  journal={The China Quarterly},
  pages={533 - 552}
Abstract Chinese local officials frequently employ relational repression to demobilize protesters. When popular action occurs, they investigate activists' social ties, locate individuals who might be willing to help stop the protest, assemble a work team and dispatch it to conduct thought work. Work team members are then expected to use their personal influence to persuade relatives, friends and fellow townspeople to stand down. Those who fail are subject to punishment, including suspension of… 
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