Recent globalization studies provide contrasting views of the cultural and sociopolitical effects of such major corporations as Disney as they invest transnationally and circulate their offerings around the world. While some scholars emphasize the ubiquity of Disney's products, accompanied by cultural homogenization, faltering democracy, and diminishing state sovereignty, others highlight signs of contestation and resistance. The cultural import of Hong Kong Disneyland in Hong Kong complicate these studies because of the evolving post-colonial situation that Disney encounters in Hong Kong. While Disney specializes in "imagineering" dreams, Hong Kong itself is messily imagining what "Hong Kong" is and should be, and how it should deal with others, including transnational companies and Mainlanders. I appropriate Massey's ideas of space-time to examine Hong Kong Disneyland as a multiplicity of spaces where dynamic social relations intersect. Through interviews and ethnographic research, I study how my respondents have interpreted the meanings of Hong Kong Disneyland, and how they have made use of the park to support their own constructions of place, of politics, and of identity.
|Place of Publication||Germany|
|Publisher||Lap Lambert Academic Publishing|
|Number of pages||268|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|