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Title: SMART URBAN LIVING IN SINGAPORE? THINKING THROUGH GEOGRAPHIES OF EVERYDAY LIFE OF YUHUA RESIDENTS
Authors: YEO SI JIE IVIN
Keywords: smart urbanism, smart technologies, everyday geographies, lived practices, resistance
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: YEO SI JIE IVIN (2018). SMART URBAN LIVING IN SINGAPORE? THINKING THROUGH GEOGRAPHIES OF EVERYDAY LIFE OF YUHUA RESIDENTS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The concept of smart urbanism has received much attention in recent decades. While policymakers and city authorities often rhetorically promote the potential of smart urbanism in engendering better urban living, critics have highlighted the sociopolitical effects of these smart urbanisation projects. Yet, there has been insufficient sustained discussion on the lived experience of individuals implicated in this process. Thus, this thesis seeks to interrogate the everyday lived geographies of individuals in urban spaces embedded with smart technologies. Based on ethnographic observation and 94 survey responses gathered from Yuhua residents in Singapore, I argue that there is a chasm between the rhetoric of smart urbanism and how it is actually experienced by residents. In particular, this chasm exists because of two reasons. First, some residents actively resist and/or display disinterest to the programme of smart urban living. Second, smart technologies are, and have been, introduced slowly into people’s lives such that residents do not encounter and interpret smart urbanism in revolutionary ways, contrary to how it is commonly (re)presented by official discourse.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/144135
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