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How stubborn ‘nail houses’ take a stand against China’s rapid urbanisation

Shin, Hyun Bang ORCID: 0000-0002-1103-9221 (2017) How stubborn ‘nail houses’ take a stand against China’s rapid urbanisation. The Conversation.

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A single house balancing precariously in the middle of a construction site may seem like a doomed and fragile structure. But in China, these residences have become a potent symbol of resistance. Known as “dingzihu” in Chinese – which can be translated as “nail house” or “nail household” – buildings like this represent those who, like stubborn nails, defy state-ordered evictions and demolitions by refusing to vacate their properties.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2016 The Author © CC BY-ND 4.0
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Asia Centre
Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2017 12:06
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 15:46
Projects: NRF-2014S1A3A2044551
Funders: National Research Foundation of Korea

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