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From authoritarian development to totalist urban reordering: the Daxing forced evictions case

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-290
Number of pages21
JournalChina Information
Issue number2
Accepted/In press6 May 2020
Published1 Jul 2020

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The forced eviction campaign in the wake of a fire in Daxing District in Beijing in November 2017 provides some evidence signalling a shift from a technocratic-utilitarian model to a more assertive, image-conscious and totalist model of spatial control and population governance. Yet, although it was not possible for anyone to mount effective legal or political resistance to the campaign, protests in its wake suggest that faced with even harsher forms of control, citizens might solidarize in novel ways, articulating their legal rights and shared political identity as Chinese citizens across social barriers.

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