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

ISBN 9780367410544
Published December 5, 2019 by Routledge
172 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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



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Iam-chong Ip is Assistant Professor and Associate Head of Cultural Studies at Lingnan Unversity, Hong Kong