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Social Movements in Hong Kong Since the 1970s

The Prelude of Democratization



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Social Movements in Hong Kong Since the 1970s by Sin Yeung
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This dissertation, "Social Movements in Hong Kong Since the 1970s: the Prelude of Democratization" by Sin, Yeung, 楊倩, was obtained from The University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong) and is being sold pursuant to Creative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License. The content of this dissertation has not been altered in any way. We have altered the formatting in order to facilitate the ease of printing and reading of the dissertation. All rights not granted by the above license are retained by the author. Abstract: Abstract of thesis entitled SOCIAL MOVEMENTS IN HONG KONG SINCE THE 1970S: THE PRELUDE OF DEMOCRATIZATION submitted by Yeung Sin for the degree of Master of Philosophy at The University of Hong Kong in September, 2005 This thesis is an attempt to re-represent the social movements contemporaneous with the forging of identity of the political activists since the 1970s from several vantage points. It aims to re-approach the Hong Kong society and politics in both spatial and temporal context. If there was a Hong Kong Dream in the 1970s and where economic oppoputunities were abound, the baby boomers were the core of the society. While Boomers couldn't escape their generational center, our generation struggle to find one. The thesis is an attempt to give meaning to our generation in the midst of post-colonial era. For the theoretical concern, the study has followed the political process perspectives in general and Tilly's models in particular. As identified by Tilly, while sharing the aims to demonstrate the casual and mobilizing mechanisms of the changing repertoires of collective actions, focus will be given to organization (catnet), mobilization and power relations among cleavages with reference to the political activists. It is argued that the social activists were the active agents who craved out social space and re-invent meanings to the movement. The study has taken oral history as methodology to make sense of between the "private" and the "public," the "real" and the "imagery" in the social spaces. Through the narrations of the social actors, it revealed the roots of activism in preexisting networks in the literary clubs since the 1960s. The life histories illuminated the ethos, values and orientations of the activists as well as the interacting linkages between among different political cleavages. Not the least, the study also shed light on the movement linkages with the broader political environment in the Mainland China since the 1960s. It is to respond Abbas, Fan and Thompson's views on history and biography of an individual, at one level, it is argued that the oral history of the activists would give more history of the movement dynamics and the underlying discursive practice of the movement. And at another level, the narration of life histories is also a process through which the activists make sense of their times and life. Borrowing much ideas from Foucault, Laclau and Mouffe, Schmitt on knowledge and power, from the perspective of agonistic pluralism, democratic movement can be understood as a continuous power struggles and articulatory practices among groups in the process of soul searching and forging of identities .The general conclusion drawn from the study is that it is not a binary conception of democratic versus counter democratic movement. It is 'one' movement: the process of constructing / reconstructing the local consciousness from the colonial to the post-colonial political environment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. DOI: 10.5353/th_b3167745 Subjects: Social movements - China - Hong KongDemocarcy - China - Hong Kong
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January 26th, 2017
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