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Resigned Activism: Living with Pollution in Rural China

Anna Lora-Wainwright


Pollution is one of the most pressing issues facing contemporary China and among the most prominent causes for unrest. Much of industry and mining takes place in rural areas, yet we know little about how rural communities affected by severe pollution make sense of it and the diverse form of activism they embrace. This book describes some of these engagements with pollution through three in-depth case studies based on the author’s fieldwork and an analysis of “cancer villages” examined in existing social science accounts. It challenges assumptions that villagers are ignorant about pollution or ... More

Keywords: Pollution, Rural China, Environmentalism, Activism, Health, Environmental injustice, Resignation, Normalisation, Subjectivity, Social and economic stratification

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780262036320
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262036320.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Lora-Wainwright, author
University of Oxford