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Social Antagonism As Dubai’s Architectural Legacy
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå School of Architecture.
2015 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In present-day multicultural and multireligious society, and in the absence of a common cultural background, the hypermodern New Dubai is fundamentally grounded in tourism, leisure and mass consumption. However, this hedonistic dream where ritual acts are devoted to lust and pleasure is built on extreme inequality. A closer look at its social reality shows an uneven, fragmented, highly hierarchical class structure. While the new world class of expatriates inhabits a shiny newly built environment, historic fabrics are occupied by immigrant labour. The new Dubai has been set up in parts, as a group of isolated enclaves, therefore creating a strong fragmentation of the urban form. Urbanism has served as a tool to deactivate social processes; the imposition of an urban vision as a reflection of a political ideology has overcome the social struggles and existing dissent in its society. 

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Dubai, politics, symbolism, antagonism, segregation.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-109427OAI: diva2:857179
3rd International Conference: New Urban Languages: Tales and Images of Spatial Justice, TU-Delft, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Urbanism, 24-26 June, 2015.
Available from: 2015-09-28 Created: 2015-09-28 Last updated: 2016-06-03Bibliographically approved

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