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Title: From victims to winners : strategies of negotiation among relocated residents in demolition-compensation events in local China
Authors: Liu, Y
Issue Date: 2016
Source: China journal of social work, 2016, v. 9, no. 1, p. 75-86
Abstract: It has been well documented by researchers that in China’s continual quest for modernisation and urbanisation, many urban and rural residents became displaced and portrayed as victims. A more important question however needs to be explored: do evicted residents learn from others to develop strategies to protect themselves from becoming victims? Through in-depth interviews, primary data collection, documentary research, this study has confirmed that for some evicted residents in Southern China’s urban fringes, when their land was appropriated by local government and developers and they were offered resettlement elsewhere, they did not behave passively to accept the terms of compensation dictated. Instead, they actively learnt from other dwellers who were evicted earlier to become well-organised, resourceful, and sophisticated negotiators in bargaining for their compensation. The group of rural residents proved that they could do better than the evicted urban residents, especially in terms of compensation-negotiation.
Keywords: Demolition-compensation
Evicted residents
Negotiation process and strategies
Resident resettlement
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Journal: China journal of social work 
ISSN: 1752-5098
EISSN: 1752-5101
DOI: 10.1080/17525098.2016.1141476
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