Arenas of Contention and Accommodation
This concluding chapter begins by discussing the notion of consensus as a possible way to characterize state–society relations. In the context of China, consensus suggests that both resistance and acceptance are accommodated within a legitimate framework of discursive and practical rules. Neighborhood conflicts, for example, are instances both of resistance and of consensus, as they reflect active organization by aggrieved homeowners but also reproduce and amplify the dominant discourses of the state. The chapter then returns to the original five governing strategies that have guided the present analysis of neighborhood politics and discusses their significance in this context. These strategies are: social clustering, micro-governing, social engineering, contained contention, and exemplarism. It ends with some suggestions for future research.
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