East Asia Law Review Talk

Contending Conceptions of Ownership and Property in Urbanizing China

Eva Pils, Chinese University of Hong Kong

| Tanenbaum 345, Penn Law School

In the wake of China's great urbanisation process, many of the tens of millions of Chinese rural and urban citizens affected by evictions and expropriations have engaged in complaints, protest and resistance. This paper analyses citizen conceptions of ownership and property rights pertaining to land and buildings opposed to the conception of public socialist land ownership expressed in State laws, regulations and actions. It argues that as evictee protesters challenge the legal property regime of the State, they also articulate a vision of wider political changes that would have to happen to allow for better protection of their rights. * Sponsored by the East Asian Law Review, Penn Law