Postcolonial Urbanism: Southeast Asian Cities and Global Processes

Postcolonial Urbanism: Southeast Asian Cities and Global Processes

by Ryan Bishop
     
 

A common assumption about cities throughout the world is tht they are essentially an elaboration of the Euro-American model. Postcolonial Urbanism demonstrates the narrowness of this vision. Cities in the postcolonial world, the book shows, are producing novel forms of urbanism not reducible to Western urbanism. Despite being heavily colonized in the past,

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A common assumption about cities throughout the world is tht they are essentially an elaboration of the Euro-American model. Postcolonial Urbanism demonstrates the narrowness of this vision. Cities in the postcolonial world, the book shows, are producing novel forms of urbanism not reducible to Western urbanism. Despite being heavily colonized in the past, Southeast Asia has been largely ignored in discussions about postcolonial theory and in general considerations of global urbanism. An international cast of contributors focuses on the heavily urbanized world region of Southeast Asia to investigate the novel forms of urbanism germinating in postcolonial settings such as Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Hanoi, and the Philippines. Offering a mix of theoretical perspectives and empirical accounts, Postcolonial Urbanism presents a panoramic view of the cultures, societies, and politics of the postcolonial city.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415932509
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Perpetuating Cities: Excepting Globalization and the Southeast Asia Supplement1
2Global Cities, Terror, and Tourism: The Ambivalent Allure of the Urban Jungle37
3The City as Target, or Perpetuation and Death63
4From the Hypermodern City to the Gray Zone of Total Mobilization in the Philippines87
5Urban Space in the French Imperial Past and the Postcolonial Present105
6City as Garden: Shared Space in the Urban Botanic Gardens of Singapore and Malaysia, 1786-2000123
7Gay Capitals in Global Gay History: Cities, Local Markets, and the Origins of Bangkok's Same-Sex Cultures151
8Actually Existing Postcolonialisms: Colonial Urbanism and Architecture after the Postcolonial Turn167
9Jakarta as a Site of Fragmegrative Tensions187
10Regionalism, English Narrative, and Singapore as Home and Global City205
11Contemporary Cities with Colonial Pasts and Global Futures: Some Aspects of the Relations between Governance, Order, and Decent, Secure Life227
12City as Theatre: Singapore, State of Distraction245
13Perpetual Returns: Vampires and the Ever-Colonized City265
14Benjamin's Arcades Project and the Postcolonial City287
15Deus ex Machina: Evangelical Sites, Urbanism, and the Construction of Social Identities305
List of Contributors323
Index327

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