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The Struggle for Sustainability in Rural China
Author: Bryan Tilt

ISBN: 9780231150019
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 19 November 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.0
Bryan Tilt follows the dramatic economic transition and environmental degradation of contemporary rural China. Though it is believed that China's economy will become the largest in the world within the next twenty years, industrial pollution threatens both the health of China's citizens and the natural resources on which their economy depends. By conducting an in-depth, ethnographic study of a rural Chinese township, Tilt examines the impact of pollution on the lives and livelihoods of the township residents. Tilt's township is an industrial community located in the populous southwestern province of Sichuan. Three local factoriesa zinc smelter; acoking plant; and acoal-washing plantproduce air and water pollution that far exceeds the standards set by China's Ministry of Environmental Protection and the World Health Organization. Interviewing state and company officials, factory workers, farmers, and scientists, Tilt explains how residents cope with this pollution and how they view its effects on health and the growth of their economy. He strikes at the heart of the environmental values of the rural Chinese, exploring the intersection between civil...

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