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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415932509
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ryan Bishop is a Senior Fulbright Fellow in the American Studies Center at the National University of Singapore
John Phillips is Senior Lecturer at the National University of Singapore
Yeo Wei Wei is Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Perpetuating Cities: Excepting Globalization and the Southeast Asia Supplement 1
2 Global Cities, Terror, and Tourism: The Ambivalent Allure of the Urban Jungle 37
3 The City as Target, or Perpetuation and Death 63
4 From the Hypermodern City to the Gray Zone of Total Mobilization in the Philippines 87
5 Urban Space in the French Imperial Past and the Postcolonial Present 105
6 City as Garden: Shared Space in the Urban Botanic Gardens of Singapore and Malaysia, 1786-2000 123
7 Gay Capitals in Global Gay History: Cities, Local Markets, and the Origins of Bangkok's Same-Sex Cultures 151
8 Actually Existing Postcolonialisms: Colonial Urbanism and Architecture after the Postcolonial Turn 167
9 Jakarta as a Site of Fragmegrative Tensions 187
10 Regionalism, English Narrative, and Singapore as Home and Global City 205
11 Contemporary Cities with Colonial Pasts and Global Futures: Some Aspects of the Relations between Governance, Order, and Decent, Secure Life 227
12 City as Theatre: Singapore, State of Distraction 245
13 Perpetual Returns: Vampires and the Ever-Colonized City 265
14 Benjamin's Arcades Project and the Postcolonial City 287
15 Deus ex Machina: Evangelical Sites, Urbanism, and the Construction of Social Identities 305
List of Contributors 323
Index 327
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