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Macau metropolis and mental life: Interior urbanism and the Chinese imaginary
Simpson,Tim
2014-04-14
Source PublicationInternational Journal of Urban and Regional Research
ISSN0309-1317
Volume38Issue:3Pages:823-842
Abstract

This article investigates the tendency towards an interiorized and encapsulated urbanity in Macau and the functional role of this phenomenon in the 'mental life' of Chinese consumers. A Portuguese territory for half a millennium, Macau was returned to the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1999; the postcolonial, semi-autonomous Macau Special Administrative Region has subsequently become the most lucrative casino gaming site in the world, far surpassing casino revenues earned in Las Vegas. This article investigates the manner in which the local government of the city-state and the central government of the PRC have colluded with transnational capital to effect a remarkable enclosure of the urban commons in Macau. The entire city today may be understood as a biopolitical laboratory of consumption, where the PRC uses a preferential exit visa policy to allow tourists from select, relatively affluent provinces access to Macau. The new built environment of the city naturalizes a radical urban imaginary and corresponding post-socialist 'quality' consumer subject; that subject is crucial to the macroeconomic goals of the PRC and the sustainability of global capitalism.

DOI10.1111/1468-2427.12139
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Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaGeography ; Public Administration ; Urban Studies
WOS SubjectGeography ; Regional & Urban Planning ; Urban Studies
WOS IDWOS:000333800700006
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION
Corresponding AuthorSimpson,Tim
AffiliationDepartment of Communication, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Macau,China
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Social Sciences
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Social Sciences
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Simpson,Tim. Macau metropolis and mental life: Interior urbanism and the Chinese imaginary[J]. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research,2014,38(3):823-842.
APA Simpson,Tim.(2014).Macau metropolis and mental life: Interior urbanism and the Chinese imaginary.International Journal of Urban and Regional Research,38(3),823-842.
MLA Simpson,Tim."Macau metropolis and mental life: Interior urbanism and the Chinese imaginary".International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 38.3(2014):823-842.
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