Politics in Residence: An Empirical Study of Owners’ Rights Defense and Community Construction in B City

in Residency, Class, and Community in the Contemporary Chinese City

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Taking community construction in B city as a basic social fact, and focusing on people’s residential patterns and actions related to the right of residence, this paper explores the formation and evolution of urban communities as well as their complicated interactions with the state, market and society. The paper proposes that since residency is the most essential foundation for survival and livelihood, the maintenance of the legal right of occupancy and to build upon property means the protection of the right of survival as a kind of human right, as well as the pursuit of social equality and justice making these issues a top political priority for citizens.

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