Title

Contesting middle-class civility : place-based collective identity in Hong Kong’s Occupy Mongkok

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Social Movement Studies

Publication Date

2-16-2018

Volume

Advance online publication

Publisher

Routledge

Keywords

Protest camp, Place, Collective identity, Occupy movement, Umbrella Movement

Abstract

The global wave of popular protests since 2011 has highlighted the importance of place to contentious politics. Focusing on Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement, this article analyzes how place, when dramatized by the practice of protest camping, shapes collective identity formation and contestation. By examining the Mongkok protest camp, I argue that the symbolic meanings being attributed to the place have shaped a collective identity distinctive from other local protests. This place-based collective identity was constituted by two dimensions: a tactical dimension that advocated militant actions against the police and counter-protesters; and an associational dimension that sought to identify with the grassroots in political activism. While its formation helped to galvanize protesters’ solidarity at the early stage of the movement, the two dimensions gradually generated intensive conflicts, which eventually weakened solidarity and the movement claims.

DOI

10.1080/14742837.2018.1434501

Print ISSN

14742837

E-ISSN

14742829

Publisher Statement

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Recommended Citation

Yuen, S. (2018). Contesting middle-class civility: Place-based collective identity in Hong Kong’s Occupy Mongkok. Social Movement Studies. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/14742837.2018.1434501

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