Operating Norms and Practices of Residents' Committees

March 2013
China Perspectives;2013, Vol. 2013 Issue 1, p7
Academic Journal
This article, which is based on fieldwork carried out within a Residents' Committee in Beijing, explores the way in which this low-level urban society management authority functions. More precisely, it analyses the relationships established by these administrators with the higher echelons and likewise with the residents and the way in which these relationships develop, depending on the activities in question. It describes in particular how the expectations of the upper echelons, and the way in which they are expressed, orient and limit the practices adopted within these authorities and the operating norms that result. Particular attention is paid to the management by numbers imposed by the upper echelons, and its impact on the functioning of Neighbourhood Communities.


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