Gordon Mathews, Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong. Hong Kong University Press , pp. N. Jayaram. p. Ghetto at the center of the world: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong – By Gordon Mathews. RUTH E. TOULSON. University of Wyoming. Ghetto at the center of the world: Chungking mansions, Hong. Kong. Leung-sea, Lucia SIU. Lingnan University, Hong Kong. Follow this and additional works at.

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Copies of brand-name goods or original but out-of-season warehoused goods get traded mostly in small scales for the merchants to carry them in their check-in luggages. Cultural and Social Anthropology Thw Studies: These include traders from sub-Saharan Africa, looking for garments and electronic goods, many of whom purchase as much as they can squeeze in their check-in luggages.

Outside the USA, see chunkging international sales information. Ghetto at the Center of the World: Follow us RSS feed. The final chapter speculates on the future of Chungking Mansions. Full text PDF Send by e-mail. Hong Kong Caroline Knowles. In short, it is possibly the most globalized spot on the planet.

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Matthews explores the building through its history and location, the groups of people living there, the goods that pass through it, the laws that govern with much laxity the transactions taking place in the building. Through the ethnography of Chungking Mansions, Mathews tellingly reports the life of chubgking from sub-Saharan Africa, of Chinese shop owners and their South Asian managers, temporary workers, asylum seekers, domestic helpers and so on, all of whom are drawn to Chungking Mansions from various parts of the world though predominantly from sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asiaproducing their own experience of globalisation.


To me, the main highlight is Chapter 2 on people. Gnetto main research interests lie in critically analysing political economic dynamics of contemporary urban re- development and its socio-spatial implications, with sorld emphasis on Asian cities. This capacity is measured by the extent to which each city sees the presence of globalised service firms in key sectors such as finance, management consultancy, accountancy and so on. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

A remarkably motley group of people call the building home; Pakistani phone stall operators, Chinese guesthouse workers, Ghegto Mansions, Hong Kong.

While these approaches allow us to see how cities as strategic sites of capital accumulation and knowledge production emerge as key players in the global economy, they may pose two problems.

In this process, cities that do not conform to the growth model of cities chhungking the developed North are often treated as unique or extraordinary.

With obvious exaggeration I took to saying that nuclear fallout would have difficulty penetrating that maze of a building. In the final chapter, Mathews discusses what may happen to Chungking Mansions in gheto. Hyun Bang Shin finds Ghetto at the Center of the World to be a fascinating peek into the future of life on our shrinking planet.

This was a great book about Globalization and how commerce from one building can have influence around the world. You may purchase this title at these fine bookstores.

Ghetto at the Center of the World

In short, it is possibly the most globalized spot on the planet. Photo by Shin K The book gives a perspective on globalization i had never heard about before. Going to War in Iraq Stanley Feldman. A remarkably motley group of people rhe the mansiosn home; Pakistani phone stall operators, Chinese guesthouse workers, Nepalese heroin addicts, Indonesian sex workers, and traders and asylum seekers from all over Asia and Africa live and work there—even backpacking tourists rent rooms.


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It is thus likely to appeal equally to academics and to lay readers. But as Ghetto at the Center of the World shows us, a trip to Chungking Mansions reveals a far less glamorous side of globalization. Lee The China Quarterly.

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Toulson Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. These are not trade unionists or other kinds of activists, and even if they were politically active back home, once in Hong Kong and in Chungking Mansions, they have to play by the narrow chungkong of rules — formal and informal — that govern life there.

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Discussions have evolved around the issue of identifying what makes world-class or global cities. We come to understand the day-to-day teh of globalization through the stories of entrepreneurs from Africa carting cell phones in their luggage to sell back home and temporary workers from South Asia struggling to earn money to bring to their families. A Political Icon for an Age of Prosperity.