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|Title:||Structure and agency: how and why do some people actively get involved in politics in Hong Kong?|
|Authors:||Cheng, Ming Fat|
|Department:||Department of Applied Social Studies|
|Supervisor:||Dr. Wee Vivienne|
|Abstract:||This study provides an alternative understanding on the low level of political participation in Hong Kong. It emphasizes on the Executive-led political structure which weakens citizens’ participation opportunities as well as power. However, some people who have a higher socioeconomic status are very active in the public sphere. Thirteen people were interviewed. These activists can be grouped into two main categories, namely ‘pro-government elite’ and ‘counter-elite’. The former trusts the government and supports top-down transition, whereas the latter distrusts the government and promotes bottom-up alternatives. Although the counter-elite are frustrated and handicapped by the political structure, they value post-materialistic goals and are sufficiently altruistic to transcend the structural constraints.|
|Appears in Collections:||Applied Social Sciences - Undergraduate Final Year Projects - Sociology |
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