The forceful return of (economic) inequality as a movement issue questions the ignorance toward issues of stratification in a large part of social movement research. The attention to cleavages and stratification declined with the advent of the classic social movement research agenda of political process on the one hand and a focus on transnational processes as a result of the prominence of the Global Justice Movement on the other.
Hong Kong, the “pearl of the Orient” and long considered as a quintessential commercial city, has seen serious political protests since summer 2019. The whole world has witnessed the images broadcast in the media and international press. Numerous signs inside and outside China show that this immense country and its relations with the world are entering a new period of great uncertainty. In this historic moment, what is happening in Hong Kong, the symbolic city of modern China, delivers certain messages for the future of Hong Kong and China.