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Activating China : local actors, foreign influence, and state response

Author: Setsuko Matsuzawa
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; NewYork, NY : Routledge, 2019.
Series: Mobilization series on social movements, protest, and culture.
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This book examines the effects of the transnational social and environmental advocacy of foreign NGOs in China. Based on three case studies, including China's first participatory development project, its first successful case of transnational anti-dam activism, and its first national park project, the book challenges our typical understanding that global forces shape local outcomes. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Matsuzawa, Setsuko, author.
Activating China
Abingdon, Oxon ; NewYork, NY : Routledge, 2019
(DLC) 2018042229
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Setsuko Matsuzawa
ISBN: 9781351118460 1351118463 9781351118453 1351118455 1351118447 9781351118439 1351118439 9781351118446
OCLC Number: 1051775390
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Devils on the doorstep: China and "foreign influence" --
Global discourses and NGO development inside China --
Development along China's periphery: Yunnan --
The Ford Foundation's poverty alleviation project: unintended consequences of participatory discourse --
NGO activism against Nu River Hydropower Dam: horizontal dynamics in transnational activism --
Saving the last great places: the irony of China's first national park --
Conclusion: local actors in transnational activation.
Series Title: Mobilization series on social movements, protest, and culture.
Responsibility: Setsuko Matsuzawa.

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This book examines the effects of the transnational social and environmental advocacy of foreign NGOs in China. Based on three case studies, including China's first participatory development project, its first successful case of transnational anti-dam activism, and its first national park project, the book challenges our typical understanding that global forces shape local outcomes. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in China and archival work in the United States, Matsuzawa sheds light on the entrepreneurial behaviors of Chinese activists, researchers, and government officials. She shows that global projects are often substantially transformed by local actors, despite the original intentions of their foreign collaborators and even China's central government. Thus, it is argued that foreign NGOs are not as hegemonic or culturally imperialistic as is commonly viewed. Matsuzawa reveals that their goals may change profoundly as a result of their engagements with local actors on the ground. She offers a new theory of transnational advocacy together with an account of the Chinese party-state's rising concerns over the influence of foreign NGOs. Activating China will be of interest to sociologists and political scientists working in the fields of social movement studies and activism in China.

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