After Mobilization : Youth, political engagement and online performance in Hong Kong

Iam Chong IP

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My research addresses the process and ability of social actors who “act upon” social changes by generating self-interpretation and representation of social life, on the one hand, and the control over the values and cultural orientations against the authorities, on the other. While the existing literature on social movement and the Internet overemphasizes the exciting but fleeting moments of protest, advocacy, and confrontations, this article examines the intersections of social activism, online curative practices, and their everyday life. In this article, I choose three representative cases from my ethnographic project of Hong Kong young activists who joined the Umbrella Movement in 2014. I argue that despite their similar political experiences, there are three divergent forms of agency embodied in their cultural representations. They represent three discrete and contested contexts and effects, different in scope, efficacies, and nature. As a result, these contestations increasingly alienate the politicized crowd from the civil society and the establishment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-96
Number of pages23
JournalLanguage and Dialogue
Issue number1
Early online date19 May 2020
Publication statusPublished - May 2020
Event2018 International Association for Dialogue Analysis (IADA) conference = 2018年的IADA 國際對話分析學會研討會: Dialogue and Becoming: Technologies, Agencies, and Ways of Relating = 對話與蛻化: 科技、能動者、與連結的方式 - Chinese Culture University, Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: 25 Sept 201828 Sept 2018


  • Critical discourse analysis
  • Hong Kong Umbrella Movement
  • Internet-related ethnography
  • Political participation of youth
  • Social movement and on-line performance


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