ZOOM Meeting: https://hku.zoom.us/j/94729798695/
Meeting ID: 94729798695
The notion of gentrification links global forces (e.g. neoliberalism, globalisation) with local responses (e.g. redevelopment, conservation) at the neighbourhood level. ‘The new urban colonialism’ (Atkinson and Bridge, 2005) offers a critical theoretical lens for gentrification studies involving transnational actors/landscapes and urban inequalities, yet remains less explored in the Asian contexts.
Built on Henri Lefebvre’s ‘colonisation’ metaphor (that refers to multiscale strategies for organising the domination of everyday life by capital and state), this thesis aims to explore how gentrification is imbricated with processes of political-economic, sociocultural, and spatial transformation connected with ‘(re)colonisation’ amidst the state’s striving for (re)making a global city. Combining demographic analyses with ethnographic fieldwork in Former French Concession of Shanghai (FFCS), this thesis will firstly unpack how legacies (both symbolic and material) of its semi-colonial past serve as key resources to attract transnational gentrifiers/(re)investments and displace less affluent class in the contemporary gentrification process. Secondly, possible solutions or alternative urban transformations to mitigate the exclusionary socio-economic effects (e.g. ethnic conflicts, socio-spatial inequities and cultural domination) of gentrification produced by globalisation and ‘(re)colonisation’ will be discussed.
About the Speaker
Ms. Chenxin WAN is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the University of Hong Kong. She received her Bachelor degree in Urban Planning from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and a dual Master degree in Town and Country Planning from Tongji University & Architecture from ENSA-Versailles. Her research interests include gentrification, urban regeneration, urban conservation and housing studies.
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