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Recasting subjectivity through the lenses: new forms of environmental mobilisation in China

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Visual imagery in environmental politics can be an effective way to engage the public. However, research based on 21 interviewees with activists from nine environmental non-governmental organisations (ENGOs) in China suggests that the value of images in promoting environmental initiatives is not limited to the exhibition of them, but is also seen in the making of them. Increasingly in China, ENGOs are offering free natural photographic tutoring to the public. Camera lenses are seen as conduits to recast self-nature relations, which has the potential to raise environmental awareness and promote ENGO membership. Drawing on both theories of social movements and contemporary Chinese subaltern political sociology, this paper provides new insights into grass-roots environmental mobilisation in China.

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Author(s): Zhang JY, Barr M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Environmental Politics

Year: 2013

Volume: 22

Issue: 5

Pages: 849-865

Print publication date: 11/09/2013

ISSN (print): 0964-4016

ISSN (electronic): 1743-8934

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2013.817761

Notes: Special Issue: Mobilising for the environment: Parties, NGOs and movements


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