Who is telling the “truth”? Wikipedia articles on Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement as a Case Study of Alternative Knowledge Production

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Date created: 
2017-08-29
Identifier: 
etd10337
Keywords: 
Local knowledge production
Alternative knowledge
Knowledge hegemony
Wikipedia
Umbrella Movement
Abstract: 

Wikipedia is considered as a challenge to established forms of scientific knowledge production, which has been dominated by the West for centuries, for shaking its superiority over other forms of knowledge to determine what is the reality. Through a comparative discourse analysis of Wikipedia articles on Umbrella Movement in Chinese and English as well as editors’ discussions on the “Talk Page”, this research demonstrates how this event has been presented differently in global and local contexts. By examining this particular case study, the author presents the difficulty of “translating” local knowledge to global. The marginalization of local editors on English page and the dominance of activist opinion on Chinese page make local knowledge production become the reproduction of western epistemology, which is far from creating an alternative to the knowledge hegemony.

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Graduating extended essay / Research project
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This thesis may be printed or downloaded for non-commercial research and scholarly purposes. Copyright remains with the author.
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Senior supervisor: 
Chris Jeschelnik
Department: 
Communication, Ar