Making concessions in Tianjin: heterotopia and Italian colonialism in mainland China

Marinelli, Maurizio (2009) Making concessions in Tianjin: heterotopia and Italian colonialism in mainland China. Urban History, 36 (3). pp. 399-425. ISSN 0963-9268

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Abstract

Between 1860 and 1945, the Chinese port city of Tianjin became the site of up to nine foreign-controlled concessions, functioning side by side. Ruth Rogaski has argued that Tianjin's distinctiveness deserves the appellation ‘hyper-colony’, a term which reflects Tianjin's socio-political intricacies and the multiple colonial discourses of power and space. This article focuses on the representations of the ex-Italian concession in Tianjin, a site which is currently renegotiating its identity between reinvention of the past (1901–45) and property-led regeneration. The article employs the concept of heterotopia to explore ‘semi-colonial’, ‘hyper-colonial’ and ‘globalizing’ representations of Tianjin's built form.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DG History of Italy
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonisation. Emigration and immigration. International migration > JV0001 Colonies and colonisation
Depositing User: Fiona Allan
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2013 10:25
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2013 10:25
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/46718
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