Macao scholar publishes the first book on Migrant workers in Macao 澳大學者多方位深度分析 首本澳門移工專著出版

Shi Wei, an assistant professor from the Department of Communication, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Macau (UM), recently published a new book titled, ‘Drifting Around China’s Las Vegas: Migrant Workers in Macau’. The first book on the subject of migrant workers in Macao, it discusses migrant workers’ tremendous contributions to the economic prosperity of Macao against a background of great changes Macao has experienced since the gaming monopoly was abolished in 2002.

The book contains the author’s keen observations of the daily lives of migrant workers who are on the margins of society, and explores how such a reality shapes their cultural identity. The author describes the lives of migrant workers in the context of globalisation, highlighting the distinctive features of the Macao society in various areas, including policies, ethnic structure, social classes and hierarchies, and the production and allocation of space. The book also poses questions about the conflicts and problems created in the process of globalisation. Funded by the Academic Research Grant of the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao SAR, the book took several years of painstaking research to complete. It was recently published by the City University of Hong Kong Press, and is now available in various bookshops in Hong Kong and Macao.

Dr Shi Wei obtained her PhD degree from the Goldsmiths College, University of London. Her research interests mainly include media, cultural studies, identity, and politics of emotion. Her studies have been published in various international journals, including Taiwan: A Radical Quarterly in Social Studies, Renjian Thought Review, Router: A Journal of Cultural Studies, Reflection, and Inter-Asia Cultural Studies.

澳門大學社會科學學院傳播系助理教授史唯的新書《澳門移工:漂泊在中國的拉斯維加斯》正式出版。該書以2002年“賭權開放"之後,澳門社會所經歷的翻天覆地的變遷為背景,重點分析了為澳門經濟繁榮作出巨大貢獻的移工群體,是第一本關於澳門移工的專著。

史唯通過對移工生活的觀察,分析他們如何生活在被主流社會所遮蔽的邊緣地帶,並試圖梳理這樣的現實如何形構出他們的文化身份認同;不僅如此,書中有關移工的描述更宏觀地將澳門置於全球化的脈絡中,呈現了澳門社會在政策、族群結構、階級位階、空間的生產與分配等方面所具有的特殊性,以及對全球化社會運作所產生的矛盾和問題的思考。《澳門移工:漂泊在中國的拉斯維加斯》是2012年澳門特區政府文化局的“學術研究獎學金”計劃之一,歷經數年研究和撰寫,由香港城市大學出版社出版,現於港澳各大書店有售。

史唯在英國倫敦大學戈德史密斯學院 取得博士學位,主要研究傳媒、文化、認同與情感政治等,其研究成果曾刊登於《台灣社會研究季刊》、《人間思想》、《文化研究》、《思想》、《亞際文化研究》等國際期刊。​