Reconfiguration of state-society relations: The making of uncompromising nail households in urban housing demolition and relocation in Dalian, China
Chen Li, Mark Yaolin Wang, Jennifer Day
URBAN STUDIES | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2020
Based on an ongoing housing demolition and relocation project in Dalian, this article describes uncompromising nail households, who have resisted resettlement through intractable conflict and prolonged bargaining. Building upon a state–society approach, this article reveals a new relationship between state, society and governance in the institutional background of neoliberal urbanism in China. Uncompromising nail households within this transforming governance system are able to individually equip and maintain their resistance. The article identifies heterogeneous uncompromising nail households: ‘hard’, who maintain a firm stance throughout the bargaining process; and ‘hardened’, who increase..View full abstract
The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The Albert Shimmins Fund in the Faculty of Science, the University of Melbourne, Australia.