Hong Kong’s New Identity Politics : Longing for the Local in the Shadow of China

Iam Chong IP

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Ip uses Hong Kong as a case study in how the production of the desire for "the local" lies at the heart of global cultural economy.

Perhaps more so than most places, the construction of a local identity in Hong Kong has come about through a complex interplay of neoliberalism, postcoloniality and reaction to the consequent anxieties and uncertainties. As its importance as an economic centre has diminished and its relationship with Mainland China has become more strained, its people have become more concerned to define a "Hong Kong" identity that can be defended from external threat. Ip analyses the working and reworking of power relations and modes of agency in this global city.

A must read for scholars of Hong Kong politics and society as well as a fascinating case study for scholars of identity politics as a global phenomenon.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxon
Number of pages184
ISBN (Electronic)9780367814465
ISBN (Print)9780367410544, 9781032082820
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameRoutledge Contemporary China Series

Bibliographical note

This work has been supported by the Early Career Scheme sponsored by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (Project no.: 23600616) and three Faculty Research Grants sponsored by the Lingnan University (No. 101877, 101868, and DA14A8).


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  • Book launch : Hong Kong's new identity politics

    IP, I. C. (Speaker), CHAN, C. K. S. (Speaker), CHAN, C. S. (Respondent), HO, S.-Y. P. (Respondent), RAJADHYAKSHA, A. (Respondent), TSANG, C.-K. (Respondent) & WU, K. W. K. (Respondent)

    19 Dec 2020

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