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Take Back Our Future: An Eventful Sociology of the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement

Ching Kwan Lee and Ming Sing


This book unveils the causes, processes, and implications of the 2014 seventy-nine-day occupation movement in Hong Kong known as the Umbrella Movement. The chapters ask, how and why had a world financial center known for its free-wheeling capitalism transformed into a hotbed of mass defiance and civic disobedience? The book argues that the Umbrella Movement was a response to China's internal colonization strategies—political disenfranchisement, economic subsumption, and identity reengineering—in post-handover Hong Kong. The chapters outline how this historic and transformative movement formula ... More

Keywords: occupation movement, Hong Kong, Umbrella Movement, civic disobedience, Chinese colonization, political disenfranchisement, economic subsumption, identity reengineering, popular consciousness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501740916
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501740916.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ching Kwan Lee, editor

Ming Sing, editor
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology