Singapore as a Creative City: vignettes from the perspective of la flâneuse tropique

Chaudhury, Sneha, and Lundberg, Anita (2018) Singapore as a Creative City: vignettes from the perspective of la flâneuse tropique. Etropic: electronic journal of studies in the tropics, 17 (2). pp. 110-131.

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Abstract

The tropical metropolis of Singapore is on a quest to become a creative city. Its policies explicate the need to transform into a 'renaissance city', a global hub of creative industries and economies. Yet, for Singapore – better known for its panoptic rather than creative imaginary – the question remains 'how does the government's policy of creativity translate on the ground?' As a theory and method of critically meandering through the city in order to participate and observe quotidian practices at the street level, flânerie offers a way of engaging and contributing to an ethnography of urban life. This paper explores flânerie through the perspective of the female flâneuse. Two vignettes – one concerning heritage and the other graffiti – provide thick descriptions of encounters with creative practices in Singapore.

Item ID: 55341
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1448-2940
Keywords: ethnographic flânerie, flâneur, flâneuse, creative cities, Singapore, heritage, graffiti
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2018 22:59
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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