Counter-global Cases for Place: Contesting Displacement in Globalising Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan Area

  title={Counter-global Cases for Place: Contesting Displacement in Globalising Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan Area},
  author={Tim Bunnell and Alice M. Nah},
  journal={Urban Studies},
  pages={2447 - 2467}
The globalisation of greater Kuala Lumpur over the past two decades is manifested in extensive landscape transformation. This paper considers two groups affected by this 'global' landscaping: urban settlers without registered land title (conventionally termed setinggan or 'squatters'); and West Malaysia's minority indigenous Orang Asli. These groups have frequently been displaced as demand for land has risen and as emergent moral and aesthetic evaluations about suitably 'global' land use have… 

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