Young people’s sense of fairness and social action: A survey analysis of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao

Victor Zheng, Hsin Huang Michael Hsiao, Po San Wan, Kevin Wong

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Abstract

Based on a comparative survey conducted in 2016, this article explores the social actions of young people in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao from the perspective of social injustice and social frustration as advanced by Gurr (2011). Applying a two-dimensional model of perceptions of social and individual fairness, it is found that young people in Taiwan and Hong Kong have higher levels of frustration and show greater tolerance and acceptance towards radical confrontational approaches than those in Macao. Furthermore, in Hong Kong, young people with a higher level of both social and individual unfairness display more interest in local politics, are more likely to take part in social movements, and are more inclined to agree to a radical confrontational approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-287
Number of pages18
JournalAsian Journal of Comparative Politics
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2020

Keywords

  • Hong Kong
  • Macao
  • sense of fairness
  • social action
  • Taiwan
  • young people

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