A tale of two cities? an examination of the re-imagining of gold mining history at Gold Reef City and in Johannesburg's Main Street precinct

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dc.contributor.author Van Straaten, Philippa Sarah
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-02T10:38:34Z
dc.date.available 2009-02-02T10:38:34Z
dc.date.issued 2009-02-02T10:38:34Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/5992
dc.description.abstract Abstract This research report attempts to examine how the story of gold, and gold mining, is told, and is being retold, at both the Victorian- themed Gold Reef City theme park and in within the Main Street mining precinct in the Johannesburg Central Business District (CBD). The report will therefore look at how imbued ideologies have resulted in a particular formation of the mining heritage shown in both themed spaces. Works by de Certeau (1988) and Eco (1990), for example, form a framework for academic discourse around practiced space within the ‘city’, and the nature of hyperreality. Overall, and including results from participant observation at the theme park, and sample surveys undertaken in the Main Street precinct, one is able to better attempt an understanding of how the story of gold at both sites has been created by certain ideologies, and examine them in light Johannesburg’s changing persona in light of global influences. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject theme park en
dc.subject city en
dc.subject ideology en
dc.subject agency en
dc.subject world-class African city en
dc.subject urban renewal/regeneration en
dc.subject hyperreality en
dc.subject visuality en
dc.subject mining en
dc.title A tale of two cities? an examination of the re-imagining of gold mining history at Gold Reef City and in Johannesburg's Main Street precinct en
dc.type Thesis en


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