Offshore Islands, Enclave Spaces, and Mobile Imaginaries
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From Disneyworld to Abu Dhabi and the resorts and casinos of Singapore and Macau, 'tourist utopias' are a growing part of international capitalism. The book brings together a group of scholars from a wide range of disciplines to analyse these locations as 'spaces of exception, where entrepreneurial and neoliberal governance relies on cooperation among state and non-state actors, as well as transient multinational populations of both workers and consumers. They serve, the contributors argue, as cultural laboratories for testing new protocols for neoliberal governance and capitalist production.
"This is an important cross-disciplinary collection of essays that tackles one of the most significant of contemporary scholarly subjects: the construction of a global landscape of post-Fordist tourist utopias. The authors in this wonderful volume provide vivid examples of these contradictory extra-territorial 'spaces of exception' framed by Tim Simpson's lucid theoretical delineation of 'tourist utopology.' This book will be of great interest to sociologists, anthropologists and geographers, as well as to urbanists, planners, designers, and architects." - Miodrag Mitrasinovic, Associate Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at Parsons The New School for Design