Unsettling Absences: Urbanism in Rural Malaysia

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NUS Press, Jan 1, 2007 - History - 255 pages
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Kuala Lumpur epitomizes modernity, but rural Malays who more there are often marginalized in squatter settlements on its periphery. The kampung (village) symbolizes home and the locus of Malay identity, but schoolbooks and television have projected urbanism that marks rural life as backward and marginal in a forward-looking nation. This book challenges city-bound urban studies by locating urbanism in a wider world that extends outside of the city and shows the conflicted realities of rural dwellers in an overwhelmingly urban world.
  

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Contents

Kuala Lumpur and Kampung
18
Circulation and Migration
68
Production and Labor
89
Social Interaction
108
Schooling
130
Television
155
Migrant Narratives
177
Notes
211
Glossary of Malay Terms and Abbreviations
218
Index
242
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