Title

Almost under the same sky : reclaiming urbanity beyond an epidemic

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Inter-Asia Cultural Studies

Publication Date

1-1-2008

Volume

9

Issue

4

First Page

598

Last Page

611

Publisher

Routledge Journals, Taylor & Francis Ltd

Keywords

SARS, Hong Kong, Media, Urban Imaginary, Public Criticism

Abstract

This essay deals with the social and political after-shock introduced by SARS, which is considered here as both a public health outbreak and an urban cultural crisis. In Hong Kong, several years after the epidemic episode, the people's voice regarding urban spatial politics, governance, and the media has not only grown louder, but has also been profoundly transformed into collective effervescence. This essay is based on over 50 interviews of ordinary Hong Kong residents from a wide spectrum of demographics. A particular focal point of the interviews was, inevitably, the participants' reformulation of their identity as a function of urban crisis. Chiefly a documentation of the vernaculars of public criticism offered by the citizens of Hong Kong, this essay relates post-SARS public sentiments to the (somewhat fiddly) development of democratic ideals that is animating our urban imagination today.

DOI

10.1080/14649370802386511

Print ISSN

14649373

E-ISSN

14698447

Funding Information

The work described in this paper was fully supported by a Competitive Earmarked Research Grant from the Research Grant Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Project no.: LU142607). Additional funding was also obtained from the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong (Project no.: 9360095). {LU142607; LU142607}

Publisher Statement

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Additional Information

Paper presented at the Workshop on Urban Imaginaries, 2004, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, China.

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Recommended Citation

Erni, J. N. (2008). Almost under the same sky: Reclaiming urbanity beyond an epidemic. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 9(4), 598-611. doi: 10.1080/14649370802386511

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