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The haunted city: Hong Kong and its urban others in the postcolonial era

David Clarke

in Chinese Art and Its Encounter with the World

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083060
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209794 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888083060.003.0007
The haunted city: Hong Kong and its urban others in the postcolonial era

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This chapter discusses cities being haunted by other cities. It talks about Hong Kong and its urban others in the postcolonial era. By using the word ‘haunted’, the chapter wishes to convey the sense of other cities as always uncomfortably present, even when a city might wish to exorcise all trace of them, and to signal that the relation with other cities can, on occasion at least, be a problematic one. Perhaps not all cities are haunted by others, but it is suspected that all cities with the ambition to be thought of as ‘world cities’ are, as well as all cities going through significant phases of their physical or socio-political development. Perhaps such haunting is more common now than in the past, due to the increasing pace of globalization and the increasing awareness of other cities, or at least of their images.

Keywords: Hong Kong; postcolonial era; world cities; socio-political development; globalization

Chapter.  6102 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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