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Transnational Feminism and Women's Movements In Post-1997 Hong KongSolidarity Beyond the State$
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Adelyn Lim

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139378

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139378.001.0001

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Transnational Feminism and Women's Movements In Post-1997 Hong Kong

Adelyn Lim

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter reiterates the argument that relations among women activists are constructed, not only on the basis of difference, but on shared understandings and aspirations. Women's movements in Hong Kong are embedded in a socio-political environment characterized by fluidity, heterogeneity, and partiality. On one hand, it allows social movements with diverse concerns, interests, and expertise to co-exist. On the other hand, alternative discourses cannot constitute a fully developed, singular ideology. As this environment shifts with the increasing influence of the Beijing government, women's activism may well become less effective, since it is not equipped, in its present form, to operate successfully in a more homogenous environment. Transnational feminist solidarity through transversal politics that is emerging in Hong Kong will prove to be increasingly complex and complicated in the long term. However, this book suggests feminism as a collective action frame through which we might try to sort out the interactions and negotiations among women activists in diverse historical periods and socio-cultural, economic, and political contexts. Transversal politics show us how activists with conflicting ideas and interests are talking across their differences and taking collective action and how understandings and interpretations of feminism are unfolding.

Keywords:   Social Movements, Framing Processes, Women's Movements, Transnational Feminism, Transversal Politics

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