Julia Chuang

Land Politics in Rural China


The legal termination of universal household use-rights to rural land, formerly a centerpiece of the socialist Chinese social contract, is now a leading cause of protest in rural China.  It is also the basis for a significant transformation of state-society relations in rural China.  I have several articles which analyze the theoretical implications of China's new rural political economy; explore the new social stratification of the rural economy; and explore dynamics of land-related collective action.  Finally, in an ongoing project, I compile a corpus of traces of land-related grievances on Chinese social media and use topic modeling to discern the framing tactics and emotional valence of responses to land expropriation.


Yasuda, John and Julia Chuang. n.d. “Farewell My Countryside: Reflections on the End of the Chinese Peasantry”

Chuang, Julia. n.d. "Rights-based Framing of Land-related Protests in China: Evidence from Social Media"

Chuang, Julia. 2015. Urbanization Through Dispossession: Survival and Stratification in China's New Townships. Journal of Peasant Studies Vol. 42 (2): 275-294.
* American Sociological Association, Section on Labor and Labor Movements Distinguished Graduate Student Paper 2014
* Bharadwaj and Wolf Prize for outstanding article published in Journal of Peasant Studies by a young scholar 2017

Chuang, Julia. 2014. China's Rural Land Politics: Bureaucratic Absorption and the Muting of Rightful Resistance. The China Quarterly Vol. 219: 649-669..