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Article: Spectacular Macau: Visioning Futures for a World Heritage City

TitleSpectacular Macau: Visioning Futures for a World Heritage City
Authors
KeywordsSpectacle
World heritage
Conservation
Gaming
Urbanism
Macau
Activism
Urban culture
Issue Date2015
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/geoforum
Citation
Geoforum, 2015, p. In press How to Cite?
AbstractThis paper examines the conflicting sentiments generated by Macau’s recent developments and how these dynamics have helped galvanize particular visions amongst Macau’s residents holding different possessive relationships to the city. More specifically, it explores these processes through the simultaneous construction of two incongruent landscapes: a fantasyland of gaming and leisure propelled by the liberalization of the casino industry, and a ‘historic city of culture’ exemplified by Macau’s newly acquired UNESCO World Heritage City status. Building on Debord’s conception of the dialectic of the spectacle, this paper illustrates how the growing support for heritage conservation in Macau has been propelled by a shared anxiety over the phenomenal changes brought by an expanding casino industry and concomitant erosion of Macau’s cultural identity. Through extensive interviews with local architects, conservation experts and activists, I elucidate how the designation of Macau as a World Heritage City has helped consolidate particular sets of moral claims around heritage and culture as well as introduced new commodifications of the environment that cannot be easily delinked from other spaces of the ‘spectacle city.’
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/212318
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 2.397
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.512

 

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dc.contributor.authorChu, CL-
dc.date.accessioned2015-07-21T02:32:23Z-
dc.date.available2015-07-21T02:32:23Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationGeoforum, 2015, p. In press-
dc.identifier.issn0016-7185-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/212318-
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines the conflicting sentiments generated by Macau’s recent developments and how these dynamics have helped galvanize particular visions amongst Macau’s residents holding different possessive relationships to the city. More specifically, it explores these processes through the simultaneous construction of two incongruent landscapes: a fantasyland of gaming and leisure propelled by the liberalization of the casino industry, and a ‘historic city of culture’ exemplified by Macau’s newly acquired UNESCO World Heritage City status. Building on Debord’s conception of the dialectic of the spectacle, this paper illustrates how the growing support for heritage conservation in Macau has been propelled by a shared anxiety over the phenomenal changes brought by an expanding casino industry and concomitant erosion of Macau’s cultural identity. Through extensive interviews with local architects, conservation experts and activists, I elucidate how the designation of Macau as a World Heritage City has helped consolidate particular sets of moral claims around heritage and culture as well as introduced new commodifications of the environment that cannot be easily delinked from other spaces of the ‘spectacle city.’-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/geoforum-
dc.relation.ispartofGeoforum-
dc.rightsNOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Geoforum. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in PUBLICATION, [VOL#, ISSUE#, (DATE)] DOI#10.1016/j.geoforum.2015.06.009-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectSpectacle-
dc.subjectWorld heritage-
dc.subjectConservation-
dc.subjectGaming-
dc.subjectUrbanism-
dc.subjectMacau-
dc.subjectActivism-
dc.subjectUrban culture-
dc.titleSpectacular Macau: Visioning Futures for a World Heritage City-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailChu, CL: clchu@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityChu, CL=rp01708-
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.geoforum.2015.06.009-
dc.identifier.hkuros244897-
dc.identifier.spageIn press-
dc.identifier.epageIn press-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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