In this commentary, the legal discourses in conflict evolving around the 2014 Occupy Movement in Hong Kong are analysed with Lemke's theorization of textual semantics and Goffman's participation framework. Specifically, I analyse the thematic patterns of "democracy" and "rule of law" in the televized meeting between the HKSAR Government officials and the representatives of Hong Kong Federation of Students on constitutional reform on 21 October2014. It is revealed that both sides not only construct dramatically different representation of "democracy" and "rule of law" but also show different orientational stances towards Hong Kong and China. I then propose a more plural understanding of each other and exploration of the other's discourse histories as one strategy and the first step to going beyond binarism on the road of constitutional development in Hong Kong. Copyright © 2015 The Centre for Chinese Media and Comparative Communication Research, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
CitationLiu, Y. (2015). Yellow or blue ribbons: Analysing discourses in conflict in the televized government-student meeting during the Occupy Movement in Hong Kong. Chinese Journal of Communication, 8(4), 456-467. doi: 10.1080/17544750.2015.1086809
- Legal discourse
- Televized government–student meeting
- Occupy Movement
- Textual semantics
- Participation framework