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Media and Protest Logics in the Digital EraThe Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong$
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Francis L.F. Lee and Joseph M. Chan

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190856779

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190856779.001.0001

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Contesting the Idea of Civil Disobedience

Contesting the Idea of Civil Disobedience

(p.50) 3 Contesting the Idea of Civil Disobedience
Media and Protest Logics in the Digital Era

Francis L. F Lee

Joseph M Chan

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the pressure toward radicalization in the social movement sector in Hong Kong in the immediate years before the Umbrella Movement. The proposal of Occupy Central in early 2013 was understood against this background, and the chapter analyzes the discursive contestations surrounding the notions of Occupy Central and civil disobedience in the 20-month period between January 2013 and August 2014. The analysis shows that the Occupy Central campaign had to negotiate between the social movement sector’s urge to radicalize and the mainstream society’s emphasis on order. The result was a form of radicalization with self-restraint. The chapter ends with an analysis of citizens’ understanding of the concept of civil disobedience. It illustrates the civic education function of the Occupy Central campaign, and it also illustrates the role of digital and mass media in communicating the idea of civil disobedience.

Keywords:   critical discourse moment, civil disobedience, discursive contestation, radicalization with self-restraint, civic education

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