Global Asia

The Umbrella Movement: Civil Resistance and Contentious Space in Hong Kong

Ngok MaEdmund W. Cheng

This volume examines the most spectacular struggle for democracy in post-handover Hong
Kong. Bringing together scholars with different disciplinary focuses and comparative
perspectives from mainland China, Taiwan and Macau, one common thread that stitches the
chapters is the use of first-hand data collected through on-site fieldwork.

This study unearths how trajectories can create favourable conditions for the spontaneous civil resistance despite the absence of political opportunities and surveys the dynamics through which the protestors, the regime and the wider public responses differently to the prolonged contentious space.

The Umbrella Movement: Civil Resistance and Contentious Space in Hong Kong offers an informed analysis of the political future of Hong Kong and its relations with the authoritarian sovereignty as well as sheds light on the methodological challenges and promises in studying modern-day protests.

EDITORS


Ngok Ma is Associate Professor at the Department of Government and Public Administration, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Edmund W. Cheng is Associate Professor at the Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong.