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Environmental Activism in China

1st Edition

By Lei Xie


228 pages

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Major environmental degradation is a serious problem for China as the country's economy continues to grow at a phenomenal pace. In recent years environmental organisations have begun to emerge in China, and in some cases have had remarkable success in affecting policies which would have had significant adverse impacts on the environment. This book, based on extensive original research, adopts a multi-disciplinary research approach to examine environmental activism in China, focusing on four cities. It analyses the nature, characteristics, strategies, organizational modes and influence of what could be labeled a Chinese environmental movement in-the-making. In particular, this volume highlights the specificities of Chinese environmental activism in an increasingly globalizing world, along with a comparison to the environmental movement in Western Europe and North America.


'The book offers very interesting and rich empirical analyses. The detail of case studies contribute to our understanding of how environmental activism works in China. Xie's careful discussion also reminds us of the challenges of establishing straightforward and generalizable causal relationships when studying a country as diverse as China.' - Miwa Hirono, University of Nottingham, The China Journal, No. 63

Table of Contents

Introduction. 1. Environmental Governance and NGOs: An Introduction to China 2. Analysing Chinese Environmental Movement Networks 3. Environmental Activism in Panjin, Liaoning Province 4. Environmental Activism in Beijing 5. Environmental Activism in Xiangfan, Hubei Province 6. Environmental Activism in Shanghai 7. Comparison and Conclusions

About the Author

Lei Xie received her PhD from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. She is currently working for Chinadialogue.net. She is also an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the Centre for International Politics, City University, London.

About the Series

China Policy Series

With the rise of China and its impact on the world, interest in China has increased drastically in recent years. This series focuses on policy-oriented research and scholarly works with policy implications, on all aspects of contemporary Chinese economy, politics, society, environment, journalism and cultures.  It also covers China’s foreign relations with major international organizations such as the United Nations, World Trade Organization, and World Bank, and major powers such as the United States, European Union (and its member states), Japan and others.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General