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dc.titleCultural icons and urban development in Asia: Economic imperative, national identity, and global city status
dc.contributor.authorKong, L.
dc.date.accessioned2011-02-23T06:11:13Z
dc.date.available2011-02-23T06:11:13Z
dc.date.issued2007
dc.identifier.citationKong, L. (2007). Cultural icons and urban development in Asia: Economic imperative, national identity, and global city status. Political Geography 26 (4) : 383-404. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2006.11.007
dc.identifier.issn09626298
dc.identifier.urihttp://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/19648
dc.description.abstractGlobal cities are characterized by the multiplicity of flows that they are implicated in - flows of people, goods, services, ideas, and images. Yet, global cities do not derive their status only on the basis that they are networked nodes. They also require particular forms of cultural capital. Cities with global aspirations have thus increasingly recognized the need to accumulate cultural capital, for which one means is to create new urban spaces, in particular, new cultural urban spaces (e.g. grand theatres, museums, libraries). These often monumental structures are intended to support a vibrant cultural life, in order to attract and sustain global human and economic flows. In this paper, I examine the efforts by Shanghai's, Singapore's and Hong Kong's governments to develop cultural icons as part of the strategy to help their cities gain global city status, and in the process, constructing shared national and city identities. I illustrate how such efforts are not universally interpreted in the manner intended, with city populations sometimes protesting, sometimes simply oblivious. At the same time, I argue that such strategies to achieve global city status are sometimes at odds with projects of nationhood. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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dc.sourceScopus
dc.subjectCultural capital
dc.subjectCultural icon
dc.subjectGlobal city
dc.subjectHong Kong
dc.subjectShanghai
dc.subjectSingapore
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentGEOGRAPHY
dc.description.doi10.1016/j.polgeo.2006.11.007
dc.description.sourcetitlePolitical Geography
dc.description.volume26
dc.description.issue4
dc.description.page383-404
dc.identifier.isiut000247049600002
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