Kuala Lumpur, like many Southeast Asian cities, has changed very significantly in the last two or three decades – expanding its size, and 'modernising' and 'globalising' its built environment. For many people these changes represent 'progress' and 'development'. This book, however, focuses on the more marginalised residents of Kuala Lumpur. Among others, it considers street hawkers and vendors, refugees, the urban poor, religious minorities and a sexuality rights group, and explores how their everyday lives have been adversely affected by these recent changes. The book shows how urban renewal, the law and ethno-religious nationalism can work against these groups in wanting to live and work in the capital city of Malaysia.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction: The World Class City and Subaltern Kuala Lumpur Yeoh Seng Guan 2. Globalising Kuala Lumpur and Rationalising the Street: Hawkers and the Aporias of Urban Renewal along Petaling Street and Jalan Masjid India Josh Lepawsky and Rodney Jubilado 3. Can Law do Justice? Everyday Ethics and the Transformation of Urban Life in Kuala Lumpur Richard Baxstrom 4. Citizenship and the City: Visions and Revisions of Malaysia Julian C. H. Lee 5. The Moderate and the Excessive: Performing Malay Consumption Johan Fischer 6. Housing Hindu Deities in Urban Landscapes: Insights from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur Vineeta Sinha 7. Seeking Refuge in Kuala Lumpur: Personal and Collective Strategies to Relieve Vulnerability amongst Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Stateless Persons Alice M. Nah 8. The Creation of Sexual Dissidence in Kuala Lumpur: The Case of Seksualiti Merdeka Julian C. H. Lee 9. The Last Plantations in Kuala Lumpur S. Nagarajan and Andrew Willford
Yeoh Seng Guan is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Monash University, Malaysia.