Introduction: in search of Asian urbanisms: limited visibility and intellectual impasse

Nihal Perera, Wing-Shing Tang

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South, East, and Southeast Asia, which we will refer to as Asia in this book, have been undergoing profound social, economic, political, and technological changes for over three decades. This transformation’s impact on the world is profound, and many leading scholars, journalists, and politicians call this the “Asian century.” Curiously, it is the West, not Asia, that is at the center of globalization. Cities and urban spaces in Asia are – within these narratives – nowhere closer to such a century. They are either lagging behind social, economic, and political transformations or taking different paths, mostly Westernizing. We are skeptical about this urban spatiality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransforming Asian Cities
Subtitle of host publicationIntellectual Impasse, Asianizing Space, and Emerging Translocalities
EditorsNihal Perera, Wing-Shing Tang
Place of PublicationOxon; New York
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780203093894
ISBN (Print)9780415507387, 9780415507394
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sept 2012

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