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Free Content The State of Fun? Exclusive Casino Urbanism and Its Biopolitical Borders in Singapore

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This paper interrogates the exclusionary politics of casino urbanism in Singapore, especially in terms of how this particular brand of urbanism reproduces disciplinary regimes through the uneven consumption of fun and leisure. Singapore's vision of becoming a world-class "state of fun" is accompanied by increasingly sophisticated measures of boundary making between global leisure citizens and the excluded others, often comprised of the working class and those deemed to be at risk or lacking self-control and responsibility. The evolving biopolitical borders coincide with the multiple borders set up around Singapore's casino spaces, ensuring the exclusive consumption of Singapore's casino urbanism by the wealthy few. The fun regimes help to normalize social exclusion, moralize disciplinary control, and give legitimacy to the new class of global consumers under the operations of the state-capital apparatus. This paper argues that exclusive casino urbanism has broader social and political implications on issues of equality, accessibility, and urban participation.
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Keywords: BIOPOLITICAL BORDERS; CASINOS; DISCIPLINE; FUN; GAMBLING; INTEGRATED RESORTS; SINGAPORE; TOURISM; URBANISM

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 December 2017

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