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ERIC Number: EJ896274
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1740-2743
Alternative State Formation in Colonial Hong Kong: Patriotic Schools, 1946-1976
Shan, Lau Chui
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v8 n1 p389-408 Aug 2010
Although macro-level analysis helps to identify patterns of development, the shortcoming of this macro-level overview is that marginal and alternative education systems and practices do not receive appropriate attention. The purpose of the present study is to demonstrate an alternative to the macro system. It examines the use of patriotic education as a means of social reproduction in colonial Hong Kong. There has been little academic research on the pro-Beijing faction in Hong Kong, and no academic papers have been published on its practices and ideologies and the connection between Hong Kong patriotic schools and state-formation strategies of the People's Republic of China (PRC). This study explores and records the socio-political background in which Hong Kong pro-Beijing patriots (socialists/leftists/communists) initiated education for children, the social history of the patriotic schools and the socialist strategies of patriotic education in colonial Hong Kong, where alien capitalist rule was imposed. The paper also shows how elements in the patriotic schools' curriculum and educational practices reflected the incorporation of indigenous Hong Kong culture and the remaking of a distinct process of hegemony.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong