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Occupation as prefiguration? The emergence of a new political form in the occupy central movement
Lin,Zhongxuan; Liu,Shih Diing
2016-08
Source PublicationContemporary Chinese Political Economy and Strategic Relations
ISSN24109681
Volume2Issue:2Pages:775-794
Abstract

Situated in Hong Kong’s specific context, this article attempts to illustrate the practices and implications of “prefigurative politics” during the Occupy Central Movement. We argue that the occupation not only demanded, but also prefigured, new forms of democracy. But such prefiguration should not be seen as a pure “ethics” of politics, but rather as a new way of “doing” politics, raising deep questions about representation and leadership in contemporary protest movements. From the outset of the movement, there had been ensuing struggles over leadership among different actors in the movement, while none of them were able to assume effective leadership. The undecidability of leadership ultimately provided the condition for various kinds of experiments by the crowds themselves. We argue that these prefigurative practices have set seeds of possibility for future political processes, and imply the emergence of “occupation as prefiguration” as a political form in Hong Kong.

KeywordHong Kong Leadership Occupation Prefiguration Representation
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Language英语
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION
Corresponding AuthorLin,Zhongxuan; Liu,Shih Diing
AffiliationUniversity of Macau,China
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Lin,Zhongxuan,Liu,Shih Diing. Occupation as prefiguration? The emergence of a new political form in the occupy central movement[J]. Contemporary Chinese Political Economy and Strategic Relations,2016,2(2):775-794.
APA Lin,Zhongxuan,&Liu,Shih Diing.(2016).Occupation as prefiguration? The emergence of a new political form in the occupy central movement.Contemporary Chinese Political Economy and Strategic Relations,2(2),775-794.
MLA Lin,Zhongxuan,et al."Occupation as prefiguration? The emergence of a new political form in the occupy central movement".Contemporary Chinese Political Economy and Strategic Relations 2.2(2016):775-794.
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