2047/2021: Hong Kong and Securitizing Change
Master's thesis submitted at Department of Social Anthropology, spring 2022.
By: Chiara Elisabeth Pecorari
Supervisor: Associate Professor Jon Henrik Ziegler Remme
The following account is a study of how Hong Kong youth navigate the aftermath of the 2019-2020 protest movement. The event was a turning point in Hong Kong’s history, as the subsequent shifts in governance have seen it diverge from its precedence of allowing its population to return to a normal after upheaval. As an ex-colony of the British crown, Hong Kong was to remain under administrative and political autonomy under the formula of One Country, Two Systems (OCTS) from 1997 until 2047. However, as the conflict of the social movement escalated, it undermined not only the local HKSAR government, but also, by extension, Beijing’s. Instilling order and control, the period after has witnessed escalating changes in the political and legal sectors. Parallel to this development, among participants of the movement, engagement reproduced a strong sense of a Hong Kong community, the extent of whose belonging and solidarity had not been before.