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  • Social Development and Political Change in Hong Kong

Social Development and Political Change in Hong Kong

Lau Siu-kai


English , 2000/01 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press

Tags: Hong Kong Studies, Sociology

229 x 152 mm , 480pp ISBN : 978-962-201-870-9

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The British rule in Hong Kong ended in 1997 and it is now both timely and intellectually inspiring to look back at the last twenty-five years of the British rule, when Hong Kong was transformed from a low-cost manufacturing base into one of Asia's most vibrant international service centres. The underlying social and political tensions of the society during this period of change constitute the focus of this present monograph, which is a collection of articles written by well known scholars and academics in Hong Kong. What have been the moral values and motivating forces of the Chinese population during this period of economic growth? How was the population organized and how were political parties formed to air their old grievances and newly found legitimate claims? How did the Hong Kong British government cope with such social forces and conflicts both in the urban areas and among the rural communities? What have been the identities and allegiances of the local populace in view of the Chinese recovery of the city? The authors, who witnessed these events and some even participated in the process, try to answer these and many other questions with convincing eloquence and insights with the help of decade-long surveys and statistical analyses.

The book is edited by Professor Lau Siu-kai, Professor of Sociology and Chairman of the Department of Sociology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also the Associate Director of the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies there. He has been holding many public offices, particularly during Hong Kong's transition in 1997. He has published widely on Hong Kong's social and political developments, including Society and Politics in Hong Kong (1982) and a co-authored work, The Ethos of the Hong Kong Chinese (1988).

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