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Take Back Our FutureAn Eventful Sociology of the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement$
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Ching Kwan Lee and Ming Sing

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501740916

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501740916.001.0001

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Transgressive Politics in Occupy Mongkok

Transgressive Politics in Occupy Mongkok

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Samson Yuen

Cornell University Press

This chapter reveals the complexities of the Umbrella Movement by shifting the focus to the Mongkok protest camp, known as Occupy Mongkok. Occupy Mongkok was not just an extension of the Admiralty camp where the Umbrella Movement originated. Instead, Occupy Mongkok developed a movement environment and dynamics that not only distinguished it from the Admiralty camp but also challenged the city's political culture. First, despite sharing similar demographic features with their Admiralty counterparts, Mongkok protesters showed greater inclination to behave militantly, eschewing the civic, nonviolent repertoires that were characteristic of previous protests. Second, even though Occupy Mongkok drew cross-class participation, the protest camp also highlighted the role of the grassroots citizens—defined more in cultural than socioeconomic terms—in political contention, which had been neglected in the city's protracted struggle for democracy. Ultimately, Occupy Mongkok could be regarded as a transgressive episode of contention in Hong Kong's history of political activism.

Keywords:   Umbrella Movement, Mongkok protest camp, Occupy Mongkok, Admiralty protest camp, political culture, militant protest, Hong Kong, political activism, grassroots citizens

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