Living with the City

  • Chow Yiu Fai
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Globalization, Culture and Society book series (PSGCS)


Informed by the “spatial turn” in humanities—the increasing interest in the interaction between place and human beings, this chapter uses methods of mapping to recuperate mobile narratives of such interactions, to collect data on subjects’ geographical presence in, and spatial experiences of, the city. Questions concerning sense of belonging, security, convenience, choice, and freedom are addressed. Why do these women doing creative work move to Shanghai? Why do they stay? And where? Once in Shanghai, how do they make a home? Where do they go? And how? While cities, with their potentials for the three T’s—talent, technology, and tolerance—have been put forward as the ideal place to attract and keep creative workers, this inquiry intervenes in this line of thought on creative class mobility with empirical insights from Shanghai, to offer one reply to the fundamental issue of how people make a place of their own, of who owns the city.


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  • Chow Yiu Fai
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  1. 1.Hong Kong Baptist UniversityKowloon TongHong Kong

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