Las Vegas In Singapore: Violence, Progress And The Crisis Of Nationalist Modernity


by Lee Kah-Wee

Las Vegas In Singapore: Violence, Progress And The Crisis Of Nationalist Modernity

Price:  US$25.92   (SGD36.00*)
Format:  Paper Back, 352 pages
Published:  2019, Singapore, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9789814722902
SB#:  062075 (113)

About This Book

Las Vegas in Singapore 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. The book begins in colonial Singapore in the 1880s, when British administrators revised the law in response to the political threat posed by Chinese-run gambling syndicates. It then looks at the 1960s when the newly independent city-state created a national lottery while at the same time criminalizing both organized and petty gambling. From there the focus moves to corporate Las Vegas in the 1950s. The book reveals how the Las Vegas model of casino development evolved into a highly rationalized template designed to maximize profits. It all comes together when the Vegas model is architecturally re-fashioned into Singapore's Marina Bay Sands.


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