Vol.2, no.1 Emancipating the Image: The Beijing Olympics, Regeneration, and the Power of Performance

Keywords: China, Olympics, gentrification, community displacement, city image


Abstract: Building on the writings of Susan Sontag and Michel de Certeau, this paper examines the destruction of established communities in Beijing as part of the construction and redevelopment work associated with the 2008 Olympic Games. It gives specific examples of community resistance and suggests that the need for an appropriate ‘city image’ has meant the loss of traditions, communities and architectural heritage.

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