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Learning to live with pollution: the making of environmental subjects in a Chinese industrialized village

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It is often assumed that, when citizens do not oppose pollution, it is due to their ignorance of its effects or to structural barriers to change. This article argues that a sense that pollution is inevitable is also a major obstacle. We outline the gradual formation of environmental subjects who have learnt to value their environment in ways consonant with the seemingly inevitable presence of pollution. We argue that perceptions of inevitablity were produced by: (1) the subordination of villa...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Publisher's version

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10.1086/666582

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
St Cross College
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Area Studies,School of Interdisciplinary - Contemporary China Studies Programme
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Institution:
Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences
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Institution:
Yunnan Health and Development Research Association
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Institution:
University of Amsterdam
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Publisher:
University of Chicago Press Publisher's website
Journal:
The China Journal Journal website
Volume:
68
Pages:
106-124
Publication date:
2012-07-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1835-8535
ISSN:
1324-9347
URN:
uuid:7623d630-0e28-46fd-8316-05d1673bf68f
Local pid:
ora:8462

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