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Article: The Forgotten Road Of Progressive Localism: New Preservation Movement In Hong Kong

TitleThe Forgotten Road Of Progressive Localism: New Preservation Movement In Hong Kong
Authors
Issue Date2015
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/14649373.asp
Citation
Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 2015, v. 16, No. 3, p. 436-453 How to Cite?
AbstractLocalism has become dominant in mainstream Hong Kong identity politics after the occupation period of the Umbrella Movement. This localism demonstrates the will of Hong Kong people to reclaim their own destiny, to reject the authoritarian rule of Beijing and to reclaim unique local cultural identities as different from China, e.g. uphold universal values and cosmopolitanism. However, localism neither shares a unified cultural imaginary and symbolic order nor a single operational logic. There are at least two major kinds of localism in Hong Kong, i.e. one whose logic is based on anti-China blaming of the immigrant (i.e. xenophobia and exclusionary politics), and one whose modus operandi is to rebuild local communities (i.e. based on progressive, participatory, democratic values of inclusion, diversity and empowerment of the weak). These two polarized localisms often co-exist. The question is which one takes the lead or even becomes hegemonic in a situation or context. This article reexamines the emergence and transformation of localism in the last decade through participant observation in Hong Kong urban social movements. Instead of explaining why xenophobic localism (blaming the immigrant) becomes a dominant political power, we will take a closer look at the transformation of the progressive and recalcitrant “localism through community rebuilding movement,” or simply “new preservation movement” as the actually existing alternative. KEYWORDS: New Preservation movement, localism, community movement, democratization
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/235408

 

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dc.contributor.authorSzeto, MM-
dc.contributor.authorChen, YC-
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-14T13:53:07Z-
dc.date.available2016-10-14T13:53:07Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationInter-Asia Cultural Studies, 2015, v. 16, No. 3, p. 436-453-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/235408-
dc.description.abstractLocalism has become dominant in mainstream Hong Kong identity politics after the occupation period of the Umbrella Movement. This localism demonstrates the will of Hong Kong people to reclaim their own destiny, to reject the authoritarian rule of Beijing and to reclaim unique local cultural identities as different from China, e.g. uphold universal values and cosmopolitanism. However, localism neither shares a unified cultural imaginary and symbolic order nor a single operational logic. There are at least two major kinds of localism in Hong Kong, i.e. one whose logic is based on anti-China blaming of the immigrant (i.e. xenophobia and exclusionary politics), and one whose modus operandi is to rebuild local communities (i.e. based on progressive, participatory, democratic values of inclusion, diversity and empowerment of the weak). These two polarized localisms often co-exist. The question is which one takes the lead or even becomes hegemonic in a situation or context. This article reexamines the emergence and transformation of localism in the last decade through participant observation in Hong Kong urban social movements. Instead of explaining why xenophobic localism (blaming the immigrant) becomes a dominant political power, we will take a closer look at the transformation of the progressive and recalcitrant “localism through community rebuilding movement,” or simply “new preservation movement” as the actually existing alternative. KEYWORDS: New Preservation movement, localism, community movement, democratization-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/14649373.asp-
dc.relation.ispartofInter-Asia Cultural Studies-
dc.titleThe Forgotten Road Of Progressive Localism: New Preservation Movement In Hong Kong-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailSzeto, MM: mmszeto@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authoritySzeto, MM=rp01180-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/14649373.2015.1071694-
dc.identifier.hkuros268032-
dc.identifier.volume16, No. 3-
dc.identifier.spage436-
dc.identifier.epage453-
dc.publisher.placeUK & NY-

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