Public engagement as a tool of hegemony: The case of designing the new central harbourfront in Hong Kong

Wing Shing TANG*, Joanna Wai Ying Lee, Mee Kam Ng

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Abstract

Hong Kong society nowadays is overwhelmed by the rhetoric of hegemony, but there is no serious attempt to discuss it, especially in the domain of urban development. This article expands on Henri Lefebvre's concept of urbanizing Gramsci to resolve contradictions of space under increasing urbanization by urban specialists and applies it to investigate the public engagement exercise of Central harbourfront planning in Hong Kong. By dissecting its contents and procedures, the article illustrates how public engagement has insisted on technical rationality, thereby perpetuating the functioning of the land (re)development regime. In consequence, the ordinary residents may have been excluded from 'rational' consideration in the (re)development of Hong Kong.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-106
Number of pages18
JournalCritical Sociology
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • harbourfront planning
  • hegemony
  • Hong Kong
  • Lefebvre
  • public engagement
  • technical rationality

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