Subterfuge hegemony: The simmering politics of the shelved Hong Kong moral and national education debates in the media
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AbstractThe implementation of moral and national education (MNE) in Hong Kong came to a stand-still when in 2012 anti-MNE student protests triumphantly saw it being shelved. Many perceived MNE as indoctrination and politically motivated by the leadership. Five years have gone by since the demise of the MNE. Ostensibly, the struggle for hegemonic control over the MNE curriculum is lost for the moment. However, this paper argues that the battle for control over the implementation of MNE is not yet over. Simmering politics about the shelved MNE continues to be a point of debate in the media. I frame this argument using “subterfuge hegemony” in conjunction with analysis of news discourse on the MNE debate to demonstrate how hegemonic work is carried out in South China Morning Post. Such a line of inquiry and analyses is significant as it offers the chance to deconstruct the differing interests and power relations around a high stake citizenship/civics education. It also throws light on the on-going tensions building up around the clash of “liberal” and “illiberal” ideologies that are embedded in the “One Country, Two Systems” political order in Hong Kong.
All Author(s) ListKoh Aaron
Journal nameCurriculum Inquiry
Volume Number48
Issue Number2
Pages149 - 166
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsSubterfuge, Gramsci, National Education, supersession, hegemonic spin

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