Unsettling Absences: Urbanism in Rural Malaysia
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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