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Las Vegas in Singapore: Violence, Progress and the Crisis of Nationalist Modernity

Publisher: NUS Press
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  • Praise
  • About the Author
  • Looks at moments in Singapore's and Las Vegas' pasts when the moral and legal status of gambling changed significantly and examines how modern states and corporations capitalized on it. Lee Kah-Wee argues that the historical project of the control of vice is also about the control of space and capital.

  • “This is an innovative project about the development and (place-specific) legalization of casino gaming in Singapore.  It is comprised of extensive, well-supported, quality scholarship, which will certainly be of interest to scholars in a variety of academic fields, and to non-specialist local readers in Singapore as well.”
    –Timothy A. Simpson, Associate Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Macau

    Viewing the casino as architecture and as model, Las Vegas in Singapore explores the exciting nexus between the taming of chance at the gaming table and the taming of the future in the global marketplace.” 
    –Aihwa Ong, author of Fungible Life: Experiment in the Asian City of Life (2016)

  • Lee Kah-Wee is an assistant professor at the Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore.

ISBN: 9789814722902
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 352
Year Published: 2019
Size: 229mm x 152mm