Caroline Knowles and Douglas Harper

in Hong Kong

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780226448565
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226448589 | DOI:

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This chapter focuses on clubbing in Hong Kong. There are forty-two private social clubs in Hong Kong offering special interests, dining, and recreational facilities. They offer (selectively) communal indoor and outdoor space in a place where these are limited and expensive. Special interests include sports such as golf, sailing, football, rugby, cricket, field hockey, and horse racing. They include cultural/intellectual activities such as the Helena May. They provide an occupational focus such as the Foreign Correspondents Club. They vary in fees, accessibility, and niche within the bigger system of social differentiation that is Hong Kong. At the upper end of the hierarchy the (Royal) Hong Kong Jockey Club only accepts new members with an endorsement from two of its two hundred voting members.

Keywords: clubbing; Hong Kong; social clubs; recreational facilities; dining; intellectual activities; club fees; club members

Chapter.  6155 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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