The paper aims to investigate the identity construction of Hong Kong young Evangelicals of 1970’s and its impacts on their social participation. After a theoretical introduction to the relationship between social movement and identity, the paper illustrates the identity construction of Hong Kong young Evangelicals who were actively involved in social participation campaigns of 1970’s. The paper points out that, as to react to the challenge raised in the student movement that Christians were not patriotic and did not concern about the welfare of the Hong Kong society, the young Evangelicals tried to protect the “legitimacy” of their “Christian” identity by putting forward their own social participation and patriotic agenda. These moves showed the young Evangelicals tried to construct a distinctive “Christian-Hongkongese-Chinese” identity to withstand the pressure of student movement. And their actions eventually changed the conservative attitude towards social concern of churches in Hong Kong, thus reformulated the “social” identity of local churches. The paper also asserts that characteristics of this identity construction are similar to that of Manuel Castells’ legitimizing identity.
|Translated title of the contribution||Identity and social participation of Hong Kong young Evangelicals in 1970's|
|Original language||Chinese (Traditional)|
|Number of pages||26|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2003|