Walking Between Slums and Skyscrapers

Walking Between Slums and Skyscrapers

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The book is concerned with the effects of globalization on living space (i.e. the space of everyday life), focusing specifically on East Asian metropolises, such as Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Shanghai. Globalization has given rise to accessible catch-phrases such as the qglobal villageq and qthis is a small world.q In each part of the book the author juxtaposes a qsocialq account of the city's urban space as it has been reshaped by the process of globalization with a qprivateq account of the urban landscape as experienced by its walkers (as represented in the films of Wong Kar-wai and Shinya Tsukamoto and the novels of Wang Anyi). Rather than rest here, the author wishes to show that for many of the inhabitants of the new global city, the qshrinking worldq phenomenon is deeply literal: the qlivedq space of everyday life is shrinking to make room for rezoning, construction of new infrastructures, space modification a€” all in the name of urban development.completion of this book would have been impossible without Mike Davis, Ban Wang, Beverly Haviland, Cliff Siskin and Krin Gabbard. I owe them a ... I thank the editors of these three journals for allowing me to reprint the essays in this book. I thank ... I am obliged to the Lemings, our best friends and great neighbors. Beatriceanbsp;...

Title:Walking Between Slums and Skyscrapers
Author:Tsung-Yi Michelle Huang
Publisher:Hong Kong University Press - 2004-03-01


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