The conclusion draws comparisons across the three sites and it highlights common dynamics and processes, such as the normalisation of pollution, moulding of new parameters of health and new expectations for a “good life.” It closes by returning to the main themes of the book and to their implications for the social science study of environmentalism and of contemporary China. It reflects on the wider global responsibility for the forms of pollution and suffering described, and on the importance of looking beyond conventional forms of activism and of taking local contexts seriously. It puts forth some suggestions for how academics might contribute to empowering communities affected by pollution.
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