Urban communities in China have undergone fundamental transformations with increasing awareness of property rights among homeowners. This study investigates homeowner right protection in urban China by examining the link between rights recognition and conflict escalation. Based on questionnaire surveys conducted in Shanghai, Xiamen, and Shenzhen, this study identifies escalated conflicts associated with rising awareness of property rights in Chinese cities. Homeowners have become increasingly aware of—and started to adopt aggressive means for—their right protection. A high level of community mobilization can have significant impact on conflict escalation: in the short run, community mobilization increases the likelihood of conflict escalation, but in the long run, better-mobilized communities tend to engage in less confrontational ways of rights protection. Socially and technically well-mobilized communities can serve as a key to protecting housing rights while mitigating conflicts in the fledging urban society in China.

doi.org/10.1080/07352166.2019.1676646, hdl.handle.net/1765/121770
Journal of Urban Affairs
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Wu, X. (Xiaolin), Ye, L. (Lin), & Zhang, X. (Xuelei). (2019). How community mobilization mediates conflict escalation? Evidence from three Chinese cities. Journal of Urban Affairs. doi:10.1080/07352166.2019.1676646