Thanks to Felicity Woolf for sending in her dissertation:
A compensatory heterotopia: a microethnographic study of Zhongshan Park, Ningbo.
From the abstract
‘This is a microethnographic study of Zhongshan Park, Ningbo. The research explores how far the sense of place produced in Zhongshan Park by older people conforms to Michel Foucault’s concept of heterotopia. Ningbo is a wealthy east coast city in Zhejiang Province. Studying cities is essential for understanding contemporary China, given their rapid growth and influence on economic and social change. Zhongshan Park is a place which has many characteristics which make it distinctive in the city of Ningbo, particularly the concentration of people over sixty who frequent it. It is one of the oldest surviving places in the city and is visually in marked contrast with surrounding spaces. It is popular and lively, yet has few signs of the contemporary city, with few young people, and no obvious sites of commerce or consumption. Foucault’s concept of heterotopia enables an analysis of Zhongshan Park as a counter-site to the spaces in the city that surround it’.
16 February 2015