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Law, Culture and Identity in Post-1997 Hong Kong

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Law and Society

  • Date Published: April 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107093379

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  • Rule of law is a core Hong Kong value, providing a defensive wall around the territory and protecting its way of life against 'mainlandisation'. Before the 1997 retrocession to China, fears were widespread that the rights and freedoms enjoyed under colonial rule would be eroded, that the rule of law would be weakened and that corruption would increase. Soon, the first blows were struck against the rule of law via an NPCSC ruling which overturned the judgment of the Court of Final Appeal. Successive interventions by Beijing in Hong Kong's legal and political affairs have given rise to fears about the loss of the rule of law and loss of identity. These fears have subsequently provoked mass street demonstrations, including the 'Umbrella Revolution' of 2014. But, as this book shows, Hong Kongers also use less explicit arts of resistance to maintain their identity.

    • Clear account of the social, legal and political developments in Hong Kong since 1997 enables the reader to place these developments in their social context
    • Brings together relevant materials from Hong Kong law, cultural studies and social sciences in order to expose the reader to a wide range of sources
    • Provides an accessible overview of the key debates without using technical language or legal complexities
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107093379
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the lie of the land
    1. Walls of law
    2. The transition: fears and fantasies
    3. Danger, death and disappearance
    4. The disappearance of Yu Man Hon
    5. Patrolling the walls of law
    6. The law wars – wayward children and the right of abode cases
    7. The law wars – the flag cases
    8. The law wars – Article 23 and the 1 July 2003 march
    9. The law wars – law as politics, politics as law
    10. The law wars – law and civil society
    11. The law wars – interpreting the law
    12. The culture wars – globalism, nationalism and localism
    13. The culture wars – creating the nation
    14. The culture wars – education and the cultivation of identity
    15. The culture wars – history, identity and the nostalgia boom
    16. The culture wars – freedom of the press
    17. Conclusion: lost and found.

  • Author

    Carol A. G. Jones, University of Wolverhampton
    Carol Jones taught at universities in Hong Kong from 1990 to 2002, and remains involved academically there. She has written extensively about the role of law in Hong Kong's history and society, and she has a particular interest in how ideas about the law have shaped and been shaped by Hong Kong's colonial and postcolonial development.

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