Masks, masquerades and ironic performances: Getting our(selves) heard

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This chapter will draw on an example of grassroots activism to illustrate the alliance that was formed by early childhood practitioners, teacher educators and parents in order to secure a public provision of quality education for children aged 3–6 within the context of Hong Kong. Specifically, the chapter will illustrate the ways in which the activists had to negotiate particular discourses where a very particular performance was scripted by them. The chapter will go on to detail how this performance was influenced by poststructuralism and postcolonialism where the activists had to temporarily masquerade themselves so as to mimic the 'rational male'. The chapter goes on to emphasize that whilst a particular performance had to be assumed so as to allow 'safe' passage through hegemonic discourses and structures, the activism in general was characterized by rhizomatic movements that allowed for fragmentation, splintering and sometimes even dissolution. The chapter concludes by suggesting that Deleuze's concept of always becoming is a more meaningful way of capturing both the passion and pain that is an inherent part of the process of activism. Copyright © 2018 selection and editorial matter, Kerry J. Kennedy and John Chi-Kin Lee; individual chapters, the contributors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge international handbook of schools and schooling in Asia
EditorsKerry J. KENNEDY, John Chi-Kin LEE
Place of PublicationNew York
ISBN (Electronic)9781315694382
ISBN (Print)9781138908499
Publication statusPublished - 2018



Yuen, G. (2018). Masks, masquerades and ironic performances: Getting our(selves) heard. In K. J. Kennedy & J. C.-K. Lee (Eds.), Routledge international handbook of schools and schooling in Asia (pp. 441-449). New York: Routledge.