Rights and Urban Controversies in Hong Kong: From the Eastern and Western Perspectives

Betty Yung (Editor), Francis K. T. Mok (Editor), Baldwin Wong (Editor)

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This book examines the “ethics in relation to city and urbanism” by evaluating the strengths and limitations of rights as a conceptual tool from the comparative East–West perspective in resolving urban controversies (involving conflicts of rights between different classes, different groups within the present generation, present vs future generations, human vs animals, human vs plants and nature), thereby facilitating urban policy-making and good urban governance.

This book adopts an interdisciplinary approach integrating political theory, ethics, urban studies, public policy, making applications of ethics and political philosophy to social sciences to examine controversial urban issues in the Hong Kong context. It challenges the general conception that philosophy and ethics are detached from everyday life, with the philosophers engaging mainly in abstract intellectual pursuit and some of them even disdaining “pedestrian” applications of abstract thinking. This book makes applications of ethics and political philosophy to real-life urban contexts in Hong Kong, thereby trying to highlight the normative in order to throw new light to the general approach and strategy to deal with practical urban issues, facilitating “out-of-the-box” thinking in the field of housing and urban studies, stimulating scholars, researchers, and students in the fields, urban planners, urban managers, and other professionals as well as urban policy-makers.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages205
ISBN (Electronic)9789819912728
ISBN (Print)9789819912711, 9789819912742
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2023

Publication series

NameGovernance and Citizenship in Asia
PublisherSpringer Singapore
ISSN (Print)2365-6255
ISSN (Electronic)2365-6263

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Philosophy
  • Urban Studies

User-Defined Keywords

  • Conflicts of Rights
  • Urban Controversies
  • Urban Citizenship
  • Urban Governance
  • Urbanism
  • East-West Comparative Perspective
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Applications of Philosophy
  • Applied Ethics
  • Well-Being
  • Human and Non-Human Entities
  • Hong Kong


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