China: there goes the neighbourhood

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In the gated, urban residential communities of China, middle-class homeowners have been engaged over the last two decades in ubiquitous ‘not-in-my-back-yard’ (NIMBY) neighbourhood disputes that replicate, in microcosm, the political and social practices of the country’s regime. While this new, wealthy middle classes are vocal in their criticism of, for example, government inefficiencies, corruption, and handling of environmental issues, they tend to reproduce the political rhetoric of the state in their handling of neighbourhood conflicts, rather than offering a systemic challenge to it. The regime and its social practices are in this way both transformed and legitimised by the growth of a propertied middle class.

Dr Luigi Tomba

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