author={Mary Ann O'donnell},
  journal={Cultural Studies},
  pages={419 - 443}
Located just north of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, the largest and oldest of China's Special Economic Zone (SEZ) has been both a project and symbol of post-Mao modernization. In this paper, I trace how the Shenzhen built environment mediates images and experiences of ‘Hong Kong’, arguing that transnationality in the SEZ is an everyday practice where tradition, colonialism, and the Cold War provide raw materials for the local reworking of the changing relationship between the Chinese state apparatus and… 

Hong Kong as special cultural zone: Confucian geopolitics in practice

  • M. Bennett
  • Sociology
    Dialogues in Human Geography
  • 2021
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