Title

A facelift and the body : the production of space in Mui Wo

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Projections

Publication Date

2012

Issue

1

First Page

65

Last Page

80

Publisher

University of Macau

Keywords

Body, development, global capitalism, space, subjectivity, 身體, 發展, 資本主義全球化, 空間, 主體

Abstract

This article offers a critique of the government’s plan to give a ‘facelift’ to Mui Wo, Lantau Island, bringing forth two ‘moments of space,’ namely the ‘perceived’ and the ‘lived’ which, together with the ‘conceived’, presuppose the body, based on Lefebvre’s (1991) triadic concept of production of space. In modern society, the body no longer plays an important role in our perception of and relations with the world. Refuting body-mind dualism, this article explores how the body weaves our imagination and establishes our subjectivity, possessing the potential to call into question interchangeable, spectacular space. Using Lefebvre’s concept of spatial production, this article argues that bodily practices in the context of Mui Wo constitute a potential challenge to the hegemony of planned space.

本文審視香港政府「翻新」大嶼山梅窩的計劃,並據空間生產的三元概念(Lefebvre, 1991),帶出構思空間外的兩層要素,即感知與生活。此兩層空間元素強調身體的介入。本文駁拒身心二分論,並探討身體如何編織想像力、確立主體性。基於列斐伏爾的空間理論,本文的論點是,在梅窩的語境中,身體實踐有潛力挑戰規劃空間的霸權。

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2012 Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Macau (UM). Access to external full text or publisher's version may require subscription.

Full-text Version

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Language

English

Recommended Citation

Tang, K.-L. (2012). A facelift and the body: The production of space in Mui Wo. Projections, (1), 65-80. Retrieved from https://www.umac.mo/fsh/projections2012/images/No_1/05%20Tang.pdf

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