Transforming Brickfields: Development and Governance in a Malaysian City

Transforming Brickfields: Development and Governance in a Malaysian City is about the transformation of urban space and the reordering of the demographic character of Brickfields, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Kuala Lumpur. Baxstrom offers an ethnographic account of the complex attempts on the part of the state and the community to reconcile techno-rational conceptions of law, development, and city planning with local experiences of place, justice, relatedness, and possibilities for belief in an aggressively changing world. The book combines classic methods of anthropological research and an engagement with the work of theorists, such as Gilles Deleuze and Henri Lefebvre, and it moves beyond previous studies of Southeast Asian cities by linking larger conceptual issues of ethics, belief, and experience to the concrete trajectories of everyday urban life in the region.

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Transforming Brickfields: Development and Governance in a Malaysian City is about the transformation of urban space and the reordering of the demographic character of Brickfields, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Kuala Lumpur. Baxstrom offers an ethnographic account of the complex attempts on the part of the state and the community to reconcile techno-rational conceptions of law, development, and city planning with local experiences of place, justice, relatedness, and possibilities for belief in an aggressively changing world. The book combines classic methods of anthropological research and an engagement with the work of theorists, such as Gilles Deleuze and Henri Lefebvre, and it moves beyond previous studies of Southeast Asian cities by linking larger conceptual issues of ethics, belief, and experience to the concrete trajectories of everyday urban life in the region.

 

Publisher: NUS Press

Paperback

2010

ISBN: 9789971694944