Journal article

Imposition to agonism: Voluntary poverty alleviation resettlement in rural China

Kathryn Gomersall

POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

Implementation of voluntary Poverty Alleviation Resettlement (PAR) in Shanxi Province, rural China is a function of the democratic processes of village governance under the Organic Law of Villages Committees and Assemblies. Villages consult with their constituent households on the decision to resettle and aspects of the process of rebuilding homes and livelihood adaptations. This article analyses the participatory process through an analytic of government that exposes the contingency of local governance as liberal techniques are negotiated amongst historical illiberal governance norms. Processes of subjection during resettlement decision making and implementation defy a liberal/illiberal bin..

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