Citizenship as process: Contesting identities, global citizenship, and civic education in Hong Kong

Hei Hang Hayes TANG, Jessica Yi-yan WONG

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Abstract

This chapter examines the role of education in the socio-political development of Hong Kong from a historical perspective. Using the framework of “citizenship as process,” it reviews the way in which identity politics and civic movement took place in the condition of a weak political framework for citizenship and explains the Janus-faced nature of the Hong Kong political culture which oscillates between economic instrumentalism and political activism. The chapter proposes how teaching can be designed and conducted for the sake of cultivating a meaningful civic identity and global citizenship against the backdrop of the recent resurgence of nationalism worldwide. It argues that spoon-fed pedagogy of civic and national education is difficult to make positive impact on educational outcome, especially in global and entrepreneurial cities like Hong Kong situated in the digital age. Copyright © 2021 The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave handbook of citizenship and education
EditorsAndrew PETERSON, Garth STAHL, Hannah SOONG
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)9783319679051
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 08 Feb 2021

Citation

Tang, H.-H. H., & Wong, J. Y.-Y. (2020). Citizenship as process: Contesting identities, global citizenship, and civic education in Hong Kong. In A. Peterson, G. Stahl, & H. Soong (Eds.), The Palgrave handbook of citizenship and education. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-67905-1_19-1

Keywords

  • Citizenship education
  • China’s Hong Kong
  • Political sociology of education
  • Educational policies
  • Hong Kong studies

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