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The Hangover after the HandoverThings, Places and Cultural Icons in Hong Kong$
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Helena Y.W. Wu

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621952

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621952.001.0001

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Hong Kong’s Local: Generating and Degenerating Local Relations

Hong Kong’s Local: Generating and Degenerating Local Relations

(p.38) Chapter Two Hong Kong’s Local: Generating and Degenerating Local Relations
The Hangover after the Handover

Helena Y.W. Wu

Liverpool University Press

Chapter 2 examines different manifestations of the local in the name of local consciousness, localism, local identity and local discourse. With reference to Mieke Bal’s “travelling concepts”, the chapter takes a critical look at both the generative and the degenerative moments experienced by Hong Kong’s local as it travels. Referring to the interactions between things, places and bodies in the making of a cultural icon, “local relations” as the key term of the book is coined in this chapter, revealing different degrees of connectivity and affinity between objects (as things and cultural signs), urban dwellers and their different realms of habitation and activities. The chapter furthers to demonstrate how the pluralistic local can be maintained through hybridizing the affinities shared between agencies such as things, places and bodies across different discourses, realities and fields.

Keywords:   Local consciousness, Localism, Local identity, Dscourse, Censorship, State propaganda, Nationalism, Nationalization, Travelling concepts, Political communication

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