Power and right in Hong Kong's citizenship education


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This article looks at the meaning of citizenship in Hong Kong over the last three decades by examining discussions of citizenship education among political executives, legislators, and educational policymakers. Drawing on Foucault’s conceptions of power as discipline and government, and highlighting the relationships between power, rights, and freedom, it focuses on the values of responsibility, rights, democracy, and national identity in citizenship education discourse. Taking citizenship education as an activity in the exercise of power, the article recommends looking at these values in a new light and recognizing citizenship education’s inherently political nature regardless of the extent of its overly political content. © 2005 Taylor & Francis Group Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-308
JournalCitizenship Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005


Fairbrother, G. P. (2005). Power and right in Hong Kong's citizenship education. Citizenship Studies, 9(3), 293-308. doi: 10.1080/13621020500147392


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