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Sustainability 2018, 10(12), 4660; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10124660

Collective Civic Petitions in Urban Neighborhoods: A Comparative Study between Two Different-Tier Chinese Cities

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Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Huaiyin Insitition of Technology, Huai’an 223001, China
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Faculty of Foreign Language, Huaiyin Insitition of Technology, Huai’an 223001, China
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Received: 1 November 2018 / Revised: 4 December 2018 / Accepted: 5 December 2018 / Published: 7 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Human Geography and Social Sustainability)
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This paper engages with civic development in urban neighborhoods in China after the period of reform that began in 1978. Examining the collective civic petitions that have occurred in urban neighborhoods, the paper offers a comparative analysis of changing trends, internal mechanisms, and their spatial distribution between two different-tier cities. Data pertaining to the collective civic petitions was drawn from open archives in two municipal bureaus, and related to the years 2013 to 2015. The data was then split into three types of petition typology—claim, protest, and hybrid. Certain similarities and differences emerged from the analysis relating to the types of petition that have occurred against different petition counterparties, namely, state authorities, real developers, and property management companies. Similarities among the two cities could be capable of indicating advancing urban civic developments with internal mechanisms among petition typology and contexts of individual petitions. Differences among the two cities could be related to various differences in their urban contexts, and may also reflect different levels of citizen civic consciousness and behavior. View Full-Text
Keywords: civic development; collective civic petitions; urban neighborhoods; petition types; spatial concentrations civic development; collective civic petitions; urban neighborhoods; petition types; spatial concentrations
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Tang, L.; Zhou, F.; Feng, X.; Luo, Y. Collective Civic Petitions in Urban Neighborhoods: A Comparative Study between Two Different-Tier Chinese Cities. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4660.

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