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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

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10.1086/666582

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
OSGA
Sub department:
Contemporary Chinese Studies
Oxford college:
St Cross College
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Yunnan Academy of Social Sciences
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Institution:
Yunnan Health and Development Research Association
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University of Amsterdam
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University of Chicago Press Publisher's website
Journal:
China Journal Journal website
Volume:
68
Pages:
106-124
Publication date:
2012-07-01
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EISSN:
1835-8535
ISSN:
1324-9347
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English
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Deposit date:
2014-05-21

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