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Asian Cities : Globalization, Urbanization and Nation-building

Asian Cities : Globalization, Urbanization and Nation-building


 This book questions the centrality of globalization in explaining change in Asian cities and examines developing Asian cities in their own terms rather than as variants of Western urbanization. It explores middle cities 'off the radar' as well as well-known metropolises. It uses both quantitative and ethnographic research. "Asian Cities" challenges Western paradigms of urban growth with a fresh and stimulating look at cities in developing Asia. It questions the status accorded to globalization in explaining contemporary Asian cities, arguing instead that they are being transformed by three major forces - urbanization and nation-building as well as globalization. The latter two are not dependent variables of globalization, although all, in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, are shaped by capitalism. The book reaches beyond the usual focus on metropolitan centres to examine urban life in a sample of middle-sized cities representative of hundreds of such urban centres throughout the Asian continent. An introductory chapter outlines the arguments and introduces the sample cities.

Product details

  •  Paperback | 272 pages
  •  152 x 228 x 16mm | 408.23g
  •  Copenhagen, Denmark
  •  English
  •  8776940799
  •  9788776940799

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