The Development of Post-Modernist Social Movements in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

  • Alvin Y. SoEmail author
Part of the Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies book series (NCSS)


When Hong Kong was handed over to mainland China in 1997, its status changed from British colony to Chinese Special Administrative District. With this regime change, a surprisingly strong new post-modernist mode of social movement has emerged with distinct characteristics. Compared to previous forms of mobilization, this new type of movement relies more on media and social networks supported by information technology (Chan 2005, 1). It exhibits post-modernist qualities in its goals, participants, organization, strategies, and patterns of mobilization. This paper argues that the July 1, 2003 protest, the largest indigenous social movement in Hong Kong history, and subsequent movements illustrate these post-modernist qualities and explain the conditions for their emergence.


Social Movement Pearl River Delta Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Asian Financial Crisis Special Administrative Region 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong KongPeople’s Republic of China

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