Discursive Change in Hong Kong: Sociopolitical Dynamics, Metaphor, and One Country, Two Systems is an interdisciplinary study of sociopolitical and discursive change in Hong Kong—a westernized Chinese society once under British rule, now decolonized but without independence, and with a constitution promising universal suffrage sometime in the future. Starting off with interesting and frequently contradictory debates surrounding the discussions on the Handover of Hong Kong to mainland China, Jennifer Eagleton provides a stimulating, politically well-informed, and comprehensive “insider” account of many aspects of the press media and official discourse on democracy and political change in Hong Kong as part of “One Country, Two Systems.” The book shows how historical, cultural, and identity issues have shaped and molded post-1997 political discourse and how the seemingly dramatic changes in the city since 2020 may not have been that surprising for long-term observers of Hong Kong. By going beyond consideration of the purely linguistic dimension of the selected texts to encompass the larger historical and socio-political context, and incorporating textual, discursive, and metaphoric analysis over time, this book provides a detailed examination of Hong Kong political discourse and its constituent themes.
Jennifer Eagleton is a teacher of communications at the University of Hong Kong.
A Word on Primary and Secondary Sources Used in this Book
Chapter 1: A Transition: Impact of the Past on the Discourse of Hong Kong’s Political Future
Chapter 2: Hong Kong’s “Guiding Light”: The Basic Law as Discursive Frame
Chapter 3: Participants in the Discourse: The Political Discursive Divide
Chapter 4: Metaphor as Narrative: Mapping the First Decade of Political Change
Chapter 5: Hijacking an Ideology: The Cultural Revolution, Metaphor, and Hong Kong’s Democratization
Chapter 6: Contested Concepts: Civil Disobedience and the Rule of Law before, during, and after the Umbrella Movement
Chapter 7: The Mainlandization of Hong Kong Political Discourse
Chapter 8: “Being Water”: A Holistic Study of the 2019 Protests
Chapter 9: Looking towards a Contested Future
Chapter 10: Discursive Change in Hong Kong: Socio-political Dynamics and the One Country, Two Systems
Appendix A: A Hong Kong Timeline
About the Author