2007．第22卷第2期（Vol. 22 No. 2）．pp. 201228
Continuation of Crippled Citizenship: Civic Virtues Are for Social Responsibility or for Political Participation?
Anaïs Wai-Chun SO
Citizenship education becomes a sociological issue when it is a deliberate selection of knowledge by authority. This article analyses a series of junior secondary textbooks of Economic and Public Affairs in terms of the reflected civic virtues at the time of a decade after Hong Kong was returned to China. Selected textbooks have been investigated for the nature of the content: 45.32% for citizenship knowledge, 49.26% for economic development and other core factual knowledge while 5.42% for civic virtues. Textual and image analysis followed provides further evidence of its crippled form of citizenship for its neglect, inadequacy and prejudice of civic virtues since they are considered pivotal in the making of civic culture, political output and social responsibility. Overall, the findings of this textbook analysis further illustrate the prevalence of the incompetence, passivity, partiality and ambiguity of citizenship in Hong Kong.
Keywords: civic virtues; citizenship; textbook