Polite Politics: A Sociological Analysis of an Urban Protest in Hong Kong, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Polite Politics

A Sociological Analysis of an Urban Protest in Hong Kong, 1st Edition

By Denny Ho Kwok-leung


388 pages

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This title was first published in 2000: This book contributes to social movement theory and to an understanding of Hong Kong politics through analysis of an urban housing protest movement. The theoretical approach adopted is a multi-level one, and seeks to show the influence of the political context, the resources available to the groups concerned, the actors’ interpretations of their situation and their strategy preferences. This approach fills a gap in social movement theory because most theoretical frameworks focus on a single level of analysis. The book also aims to help researchers in the field to re-examine the current development of social movement theories and to learn the specific trajectory of urban social movements in Hong Kong.


'Its lasting importance is due to the interesting ways in which Denny Ho Kwok-leung frames his analysis and deals with methodological issues. His discussion of the pros and cons of participative observation and of his research experience is original and highly valuable…recommended reading for anyone interested in housing policies for the urban poor, housing protest, and urban (social) movements, as well as for those concerned with participative observation in protest movements and related methodological issues.' Journal of Housing and the Built Environment 'This is a carefully designed, well-argued and lucidly written book. Characterized by a competent literature review, rigorous methodology and thorough analysis, this is definitely one of the best books on social movements in Hong Kong in recent years. It should find its way into courses concerned with state-society relations in political transition.' The China Journal

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Theories of social movements: a review of the literature; The changing political context in Hong Kong; Public housing policy and urban minorities; A brief account of the trajectory of the ATHA protest; No through road: limited political opportunities for ATHA residents; Every person counts: the political participation of ATHA residents; The mobilization process: external organizers, local leaders and the choice of strategies; Conclusion; Appendices; Bibliography.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General