The social construction of Home Economics as a school subject in Hong Kong

May Yee Millie YUNG-CHAN

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Home Economics (HE) has been a school subject in Hong Kong for over fifty years, having been. originally imported from Britain. In other countries the subject has changed with the broadening of concept and the gearing of the subject towards vocational and technological orientation. Home Economics in Hong Kong is far from stable, and has undergone a number of changes and compromises. It is in reality, an entity that is prone to societal changes of time. In an education system, which in Hong Kong is highly academically oriented, HE has been subordinated or marginalized in the school curriculum. There is evidence that it has evolved itself in order to survive. This paper aims to explore how HE, which has moved gradually away from its original vision as an integrative field of knowledge, has been socially constructed over time in the social, economic, political and technological context of Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2005



Yung, M. (2005, July). The social construction of Home Economics as a school subject in Hong Kong. Paper presented at the 2nd International Institute of Consumer Sciences incorporating Home Economics, Research Conference: Consumption, Culture and Community, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, England.


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