Date 2010-04-28
Time 15:00 - 16:30
Tel 29488944
Venue D3-P-05, Tai Po Campus


The Centre for Governance and Citizenship (CGC) held a seminar on
"Hong Kong Adolescents’ Attitudes to Democracy and Civic Engagement: How Did the ‘Post 80s’ Generation Become Radical? ", conducted by Prof Kerry Kennedy on 28 April 2010 (Wednesday), 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, at Room D3-P-05, Tai Po Campus.

Prof Kennedy is currently Co-Director of CGC, Chair Professor of Curriculum Studies, and the Acting Vice President (Academic) of the Hong Kong Institute of Education. In this seminar, Prof Kennedy will review studies and present new analyses to show that when the “post 80s’ generation” was adolescents they were by no means radical. Growing up in Hong Kong and going to school in the 90s did not provide an environment to nurture radicals. Based on a survey of a representative sample of adolescents towards the end of the century, the picture that emerges is of young people who, while socially conscious, were politically conservative and averse to being involved in the formal political system. Protest was the last thing on their minds and any illegal activities were not considered an option in relation to civic values. This was the “post-80s’ generation” at age 15. McLeod (2009) has suggested that political socialization research should be more focused on post adolescence than children and this seems to be good advice in the present case. The later years of schooling, post school experiences, mass media, home life and peer interactions seem to provide the main socialization contexts in which the “post 80s” emerged from their relative conservatism to become radical. This suggests that democracy itself may not be a necessary condition for nurturing civic engagement. Rather, it maybe the very absence of democracy that serves as a socializing agent to turn conservative 15 year olds into radical 20 year olds.
For details please refer to the poster attached.  

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