Journal article

Negotiation and Exchange in Nail Household Conflict Resolution: 'Bargained Authoritarianism' and 'Accident Avoidance' in Urban China

Xiaolong Wu, Chen Li, Mark Wang

JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY CHINA | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

Based on in-depth field research in an urban housing demolition and relocation project in J community, Jiangsu province, this article explores the strategies, mindset, and considerations employed by three levels of local authorities (the neighbourhood committee, the district and municipal governments) in resolving conflict with tough nail households. Such investigation highlights the combined discourse surrounding the ‘bargained authoritarianism’ concept and ‘accident avoidance’ principle in the context of ‘maintaining social stability’ (weiwen in Chinese) in China. The conclusion of this article adds to the interpretation of the perpetuating conflicting relationship between central and loca..

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Grants

Awarded by National Social Science Fund of China


Awarded by China Postdoctoral Science Foundation


Awarded by Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities


Funding Acknowledgements

This research is supported by the National Social Science Fund of China [No. 16CZZ027], the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation Grant [No. 2019T120421], the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities [No. NR2019017], and 2015 International Research and Research Training Fund.