Political Identity, Culture, and Participation

Lam Wai-man

in Contemporary Hong Kong Government and Politics

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9789888139477
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9789882208681 | DOI:
Political Identity, Culture, and Participation

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This chapter traces the development of specific features of the political identity, culture, and participation in Hong Kong. It highlights the conflicting readings on these areas offered by scholars notably for the period before the 1990s. The dominant view that in Hong Kong a culture of political apathy prevailed was not seriously challenged until the late 1990s, when scholars re-examined the definition of political participation and the related evidence. After the 1997 handover, the different interpretations of the political culture and participation in Hong Kong among scholars have gradually been reconciled. Political activism has surged and political participation has also been on the rise. People have continued to seek to influence the government through various means including innovative non-institutional means.

Keywords: Hong Kong; Government; Politics; Special Administrative Region; Political participation; Activism; Political identity

Chapter.  9346 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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