The Construction of Identity Politics in Hong Kong An Examination of Multiple Social Identities

[Speaker] Chan, Wing Y:1
1:Georgia State University (United States of America)

This study examined the effects of multiple social identities on collective action in the context of the Umbrella Movement (UM) in Hong Kong. 555 individuals (Mage=20.76; 73.3% female; 92.2% resident of Hong Kong) completed an online survey during the winter of 2014. Hierarchical regression analysis found that age, the Hong Konger identity, the Mainland Chinese identity predicted collective action. Survey respondents who were younger participated in UM more frequently than their older counterparts (β=-.10, p<.05). Those who reported a greater attachment to being a Hong Konger participated in the Movement more than those who were not as attached (β=.37, p<.01). In contrast, respondents who strongly identified as Mainland Chinese participated less in the Movement (β=-.12, p<.01). The interaction between these two social identities in predicting participation was not significant (β =.007, ns). Findings contribute to our understanding of "identity politics" and the function of social identity in predicting collective action.
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