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Non-Compliance within Chinese University Campuses: a Study of Student Associations and Political Control

Chan, Evelyn (2022) Non-Compliance within Chinese University Campuses: a Study of Student Associations and Political Control. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The scholarly literature on Chinese youth and contentious politics largely claims that in the post-Tiananmen period, university students are apathetic, materialistic and have been successfully co-opted by the regime. They also claim that university campuses are no longer hot beds of political activism. Rather, the regime has made a concerted effort to institutionalize political indoctrination, enhance its monitoring capacity, and limit the political autonomy of students. As such, scholars assert that oppositional mobilization is unlikely to come from students. My study challenges these perspectives by examining the emergence of “unregistered” student clubs, specifically those that focus on LGBTQ and women’s-based issues. This phenomenon challenges the idea that young people are not concerned with social and political issues. Focusing on large-scale political demonstration obfuscates the fact that non-compliance by students do occur, but in less overt ways. My study on the emergence of unregistered student clubs is a lens through which to examine a back-and-forth dynamic that occurs in authoritarian regimes between the regime and citizens. The former develops an extensive set of rules and norms to induce political conformity and the latter devises ways to circumvent those very rules. Rather than seeing open contestation against the regime, we observe that citizens are more likely to perform loyalty in the public arena, and in private spaces, non-compliance unfolds in subtle forms.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Chan, Evelynevc8@Pitt.eduevc8
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMorgenstern,
Committee MemberDing,
Committee MemberFinkel,
Committee MemberLandry,
Date: 2 November 2022
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 15 September 2021
Approval Date: 2 November 2022
Submission Date: 10 December 2021
Access Restriction: 1 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 1 year.
Number of Pages: 156
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Political Science
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chinese politics
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2022 20:03
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2023 05:15


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