Relational Repression in China

Written by Yanhua Deng. Relational repression is a social control of protest in China. It amounts to relying on relatives, friends, and native-place connections to defuse popular action. It hinges on persuasion, pressure and the impact of influential people. Its distinguishing feature is that when popular action breaks out, local officials, staff of public organizations …

The Reawakening Rebelliousness of Chinese Youth

Written by Eric Fish. The last time China saw a major social movement, it came to an abrupt halt and ended an era. The youth-led Tiananmen movement of 1989 was the climax to a succession of mass demonstrations that had built up throughout the free-wheeling 1980s. When China’s leaders decided to end it, they did …