Take Back Our Future: An Eventful Sociology of the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement. Ching Kwan Lee, Ming Sing.

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

Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2019. First Edition. First Printing. Softcover. NEW. Colour photographs. Index. 15 x 23 cm. 256 pp. Item #14505

In a comprehensive and theoretically novel analysis, Take Back Our Future unveils the causes, processes, and implications of the 2014 seventy-nine-day occupation movement in Hong Kong known as the Umbrella Movement. The essays presented here by a team of experts with deep local knowledge 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?

Take Back Our Future 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 contributors outline how this historic and transformative movement formulated new cultural categories and narratives, fueled the formation and expansion of civil society organizations and networks both for and against the regime, and spurred the regime's turn to repression and structural closure of dissent. Although the Umbrella Movement was fraught with internal tensions, Take Back Our Future demonstrates that the movement politicized a whole generation of people who had no prior experience in politics, fashioned new subjects and identities, and awakened popular consciousness.


1. Take Back Our Future: An Eventful Sociology of the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement, by Ching Kwan Lee

2. Prefigurative Politics of the Umbrella Movement: An Ethnography of Its Promise and Predicament, by Alex Chow

3. Transgressive Politics in Occupy Mongkok, by Samson Yuen

4. The Spectrum of Frames and Disputes in the Umbrella Movement, by Wing Sang Law

5. Mediascape and Movement: The Dynamics of Political Communication, Public and Counterpublic, by Francis Lee

6. Where Have All the Workers Gone? Reflections on the Role of Trade Unions during the Umbrella Movement, by Chris K. C. Chan

7. How Students Took Leadership of the Umbrella Movement: Marginalization of Prodemocracy Parties, by Ming Sing

8. Hong Kong's Hybrid Regime and Its Repertoires, by Edmund Cheng

9. Protest Art, Hong Kong Style: A Photo Essay, by Oscar Ho

10. Taiwan's Sunflower Occupy Movement as a Transformative Resistance to the "China Factor", by Jieh-Min Wu

Afterword: Hong Kong's Turn toward Greater Authoritarianism, by Ming Sing.

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