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Speaking against Silence: Finding a Voice in Hong Kong Chinese Families through the Umbrella Movement

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JournalSociology
DateAccepted/In press - 3 Jul 2017
DateE-pub ahead of print (current) - 4 Sep 2017
Issue number9
Volume52
Number of pages17
Pages (from-to)966-982
Early online date4/09/17
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Social movement researchers have investigated how personal relationships and emotional attachments are implicated in activism, but less attention has been given to the ways in which activism affects personal lives. This article addresses this issue, drawing on interviews and focus groups with Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement’s active participants, bystanders and opponents to explore its consequences for family life. While those who were not involved in the movement articulated an acceptance of hierarchical family structures and their imposed
silences, movement activists saw their experience of the occupation as enabling them to find a voice within their families. The Umbrella Movement, we suggest, has opened up a space for the reflexive exploration of personal life and raised the possibility of modifying Hong Kongfamily practices.

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