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Collaborative Colonial PowerThe Making of the Hong Kong Chinese$
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Wing Sang Law

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099296

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099296.001.0001

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Double Identity of the Colonial Intelligentsia

Double Identity of the Colonial Intelligentsia

Ho Kai

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Collaborative Colonial Power

Law Wing Sang

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter considers Arif Dirlik's critical study of the argument against the overemphasis of colonial discourse analysis in the determining power of discourse without taking the wider institutional structure into consideration; thus, Dirlik warns that the “condition of in-betweenness and hybridity cannot be understood without reference to the ideological and institutional structures in which they are housed”. It delineates the ideological and the institutional conditions of the specific mode of cultural and political in-betweenness that were contingent on the collaborative colonial formation that was, itself, grounded in but not confined to Hong Kong. It also demonstrates how this power formation extended across Hong Kong and China and played its part in fashioning the new order of post-imperial China both in real terms and in imaginary terms. It considers Ho Kai as an example that illustrates a line of mercantilist-reformist politics at the eve of Republican China.

Keywords:   Arif Dirlik, colonial discourse analysis, hybridity, colonial formation, Hong Kong, power formation, Ho Kai, mercantilist-reformist politics, Republican China

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