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Title: Urban Development in Asia: Pathways, Opportunities and Challenges
Authors: Zhang, Qian
Keywords: Local Development
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Springer
Description: The main aim of this book is to attempt an understanding of the social, political and especially, cultural processes governing a type of urban development and, more particularly, to develop appropriate theoretical and methodological tools to undertake this task. Though the work explores a number of issues, there is one basic theme which runs throughout. It is that the physical and spatial arrangements characterising urban development -. indeed, the entire man-made environment - are the unique products of a particular society and culture, operating within a given distribution of power. Only with a thorough understanding of a society's values, beliefs, institutions and social organisation is its built environment properly understood. Nowhere is this proposition more apparent than in the ‘colonial cities ‘ of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, whether in Africa, Asia or middle America, where the urban forms of a dominant, industrialising Western power were introduced to largely ‘pre-industrial’ societies. From Rangoon to Cairo, Luanda to Singapore, cities were laid out by the rulers not the ruled. Here, juxtaposed in the environment of the colonised society, were the urban forms of East and West, a unique type of social, physical and spatial organisation which this study identifies as ‘colonial urban development’.
ISBN: 978-981-10-2896-0
Appears in Collections:Regional and Local Development Studies

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