Weiwen at the Grassroots: China's stability maintenance apparatus as a means of conflict resolution

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This article assesses stability maintenance (weiwen) as a means of conflict resolution in China. It argues that the resolution of local disputes in China, particularly outside cities, is now being influenced and facilitated by the discourse and practice of stability maintenance, rather than legal methods and traditional mediation processes. This conclusion adds to the existing academic views of stability maintenance, which have previously emphasized social control to the exclusion of almost all else, and suggests that stability maintenance-focused conflict resolution may have practical benefits to Chinese citizens, given the state s withdrawal from legal conflict resolution methods and its ambiguous attitude towards mediation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389 - 405
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Contemporary China
Issue number99
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • China
  • stability maintenance
  • conflict resolution

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