Title

Diverse roles of alternative media in Hong Kong civil society : from public discourse initiation to social activism

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Asian Public Policy

Publication Date

3-1-2014

Volume

7

Issue

1

First Page

83

Last Page

101

Publisher

Routledge

Keywords

alternative media, civil society, Hong Kong, politics, social activism

Abstract

This is an interdisciplinary article, integrating Political Science and Media Studies to examine the roles of alternative media (AM) in civil society. AM plays diverse, overlapping and interacting roles in civil society, namely (1) providing alternative information and to serve as (2) an alternative public sphere, (3) a platform for social activists and civil society organizations, (4) an initiator of public discourse and (5) an agent of civil society activism. This article explores the different roles such media plays by conducting a case study ofIn-media, an online AM in Hong Kong, through an evaluation of its functions in civil society and in the political arena.

DOI

10.1080/17516234.2013.873342

Print ISSN

17516234

E-ISSN

17516242

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Recommended Citation

Yung, B., & Leung, L. Y.-M. (2014). Diverse roles of alternative media in Hong Kong civil society: From public discourse initiation to social activism. Journal of Asian Public Policy, 7(1), 83-101. doi: 10.1080/17516234.2013.873342