Doomed to Suffer in Silence? Living with Pollution in Industrialized Rural China


China’s rapid emergence as an economic power over the past quarter century has been accompanied by growing concerns over environmental impacts, particularly in terms of pollution. Food safety scandals, large-scale pollution accidents, and widespread, persistent and routine pollution feature regularly in the media, both within China and beyond it. Rural villagers in China have a sophisticated awareness of the risks they face. Yet over time they learned they cannot demand an end to pollution and that concerns with health effects are not a productive focus for their demands.