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.
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. The Fall of the Hong Kong Myth
Chapter 3. The City of jiyu/geijyu: Refashioning a Neoliberal Subject
Chapter 4. Ethnocracy: A Study of the Campaigns against Mainland Chinese Visitors
Chapter 5. Defending the City: Nativism and Political Existentialism
Chapter 6. Neoliberal Populism: Ethnicization of Right-wing Economics
Chapter 7. Poised between Two Times: Young men, Temporality, and Identity Politics
Chapter 8. “Hong Kong is not a dream”: Disengagement, Translocality, and gangpiao
Epilogue: Will to Power