Social conflicts in Hong Kong, 1975-1986: Trends and implications

Bing Leung Anthony CHEUNG, Kin-sheun LOUIE

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Abstract

This study aims to research into social conflicts in Hong Kong since the mid-1970s when the territory began to undergo significant economic, social and, eventually, political changes. Such changes have affected the political culture of local Chinese and the way they perceive the role of government as the provider for their needs and the solver of their problems. The study is premised on the assumption that any transformation in the political values and attitudes of the people would have been reflected in their behaviours and actions, and attempts to capture such changing behaviours and actions through an observation of the pattern of social conflicts that occurred during the period of change.
The study has revealed that in general, people have become more willing to agitate, by way of conflict, for an improvement in the quality of life and in their political and civil rights. Most of the social conflict identified are sectoral or localized ones, indicating that sectional and local interests have increasingly been articulated within the social arena, requiring responses or interventions by the public authorities. More issues are likely than in the past to be susceptible to articulation in the form of a social conflict targetted at the polity, reflecting a changing interface between society and polity that carries with it changing demands and expectations.
本研究旨在探討自七十年代中期以來在經濟、社會以至最後在政治上都經歷重大轉變的香港在社會衝突方面的情況。這些轉變對本地華入的政治文化造成衝擊,並對他們對於將政府作為他們各種需要之提供者及問題之解決者的看法有所影響。本研究從下述的假設出發,即人們的政治價值觀和態度的轉變,會反映到他們的行為和行動之上,故此,通過對此轉變期間所發生之社會衝突之模式進行觀察,本研究嘗試弄清楚這些變化中的行為與行動。
本研究顯示︰總體而言,香港市民變得更趨向以衝突的方法,為改善其生活質素及他們的政治與公民權利而訴諸行動。大部份我們所記錄得的社會衝突都屬於行業或地方性質,顯示行業性或地方性利益在社會事務中愈來愈突出,公共權力需要對此作出回應或干預。較諸過去,愈來愈多的事件會以一種社會衝突的形式來向政治體制表達,反映了社會與政治體制之間的一種轉變着的叠合關係,以及由此而帶動的不同期望與要求。 Copyright © 1991 Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherHong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
ISBN (Print)9624410038
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1991

Citation

Cheung, A. B.-L., & Louie, K.-S. (1991). Social conflicts in Hong Kong, 1975-1986: Trends and implications. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Keywords

  • Alt. title: 1975至1986年香港的社會衝突︰趨勢與含意

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