Journal article

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..

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