Asian Cities: Globalization, Urbanization And Nation-Building
by Mckinnon, Malcolm
About This Book
Asian Cities challenges Western paradigms of urban growth with a fresh and stimulating look at cities in developing Asia. It questions the status accorded globalisation in explaining contemporary Asian cities, arguing instead that they are being transformed by three major forces - urbanisation and nation-building as well as globalisation. The latter two are not dependent variables of globalisation, 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. Chapters two and three explore two principal facets of urbanisation: the material transformation that comes in its train and the impact that it has on the lives of the newly-urbanised. Chapters four to seven explore the way that the national framework shapes cities - including business enterprises, migrantion, travel and commercial popular culture. In a final chapter the book surveys likely trends in Asian cities over the next quarter century and considers the implications of the study for our understanding of globalisation generally.
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