Environmental resettlement and social dis/re-articulation in Inner Mongolia… (S. Rogers and M. Wang)


Sarah Rogers and Mark Wang


Environmental resettlement, Social disarticulation, Inner Mongolia, China


The expanding use of resettlement as a tool for addressing environmental and poverty-related concerns in China calls for further research into its impacts on local populations. Our knowledge of the effects of such resettlement is very limited, particularly in relation to its social impacts. This paper examines the impoverishment risk of social disarticulation as it is experienced by resettlers in an Inner Mongolian environmental resettlement village—Wan Sheng village. We argue that social disarticulation as a risk of resettlement is by no means an inevitable downward spiral towards social oblivion and anomie. Resettlers, in this case at least, have recreated a living, functioning community that provides many aspects of support for its inhabitants. This is in spite of unfavourable construction and increased economic deprivation. It is the adaptive abilities of these resettlers that come to the fore in Wan Sheng, suggesting aspects of rearticulation and cohesion, and not simply disarticulation.


(2006) 28 Population & Environment 41-68


Environmental resettlement and social dis/re-articulation in Inner Mongolia, China