Profiling the victims: public awareness of pollution-related harm in China

Munro, N. (2014) Profiling the victims: public awareness of pollution-related harm in China. Journal of Contemporary China, 23(86), pp. 314-329. (doi: 10.1080/10670564.2013.832532)

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This article aims to identify factors which influence public awareness of health or economic harm from pollution in China. Based on an analysis of the China General Social Survey (CGSS) carried out nationwide by Renmin University and HKUST in 2006, it focuses on awareness of pollution-related harm or self-identification as a pollution victim. The analysis tests three groups of hypotheses about how self-identified victims differ from others: first, in terms of the environmental conditions they experience, such as the actual level of pollution and types of neighbourhoods they inhabit; second, in terms of resources including material and information resources, time, social capital and political experience; and third, in terms of political attitudes. The conclusion discusses implications for the politics of public participation in environmental governance in China.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Environmental awareness, pollution victims, China
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Munro, Dr Neil
Authors: Munro, N.
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Research Group:Scottish Centre for China Research
Journal Name:Journal of Contemporary China
Journal Abbr.:JCC
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1469-9400
Published Online:01 January 2013
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2013 Taylor & Francis
First Published:First published in Journal of Contemporary China 23(86):314-329
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
567651Performance evaluations, trust and utilization of health care in China: understanding relationships between attitudes and health-related behaviourJane DuckettEconomic & Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/J011487/1SPS - POLITICS