[lg policy] bibitem: Hegemonic Struggles in the Language Policy Development of Hong Kong, 1982-1994

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Hegemonic Struggles in the Language Policy Development of Hong Kong, 1982-1994
Author: Shuk Han Pun (Show Biography)
DOI: 10.1080/02188799608542613

Published in:  Asia Pacific Journal of Education, Volume 16, Issue 1
1996 , pages 88 - 105

Previously published as: Singapore Journal of Education (0129-4776) until 1996

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This paper applies the concept of hegemony as a form of ideological
and cultural domination to understand the orientations and strategies
of the capitalist state and civil society actors participating in the
process of determining the medium of instruction for secondary schools
in Hong Kong between 1982 and 1994. During this period, language
policy making became a public arena in which the state and organised
civil society actors struggled to maintain or establish hegemony in
controlling and mediating the allocation of societal resources under
democratisation and changeover of sovereignty. As their hegemonic
struggles lacked any coordinated effort to cultivate a collective will
among the general public, ambivalence over the use of the mother
tongue versus English as the medium of instruction continued to haunt
Descriptors: Hegemony; ideological and cultural domination in language
policy making; the capitalist state; civil society; education and

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