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… Expand

Figures from this paper

Introduction: Cities, Justice and Conflict
themselves are the product of a politics of forgetting that ranges from being unincorporated in capitalist urban development to being marginalised or, indeed, discarded, by global capital and otherExpand
Re-fragmenting the 'political': Globalization, governmentality and Malaysia's Multimedia Super Corridor
Abstract Work drawing upon Michel Foucault's analyses of governmental rationalities has extended understandings of the ‘political’. The geography of this domain, however, has remained largely intactExpand
Gentrifying the peri-urban: Land use conflicts and institutional dynamics at the frontier of an Indonesian metropolis
This paper aims to specify the meaning of gentrification in rapidly peri-urbanising metropolitan regions in the context of Indonesia’s rapid transition to decentralisation and democracy. It discussesExpand
The Global Cultural City? Spatial Imagineering and Politics in the (Multi)cultural Marketplaces of South-east Asia
No longer just epicentres of capital transactions, cities are 'going global' on the basis of integrating economic and cultural activity as an urban regeneration strategy. Place-wars among cities toExpand
From the Margins to Centre Stage: ‘Indian’ Demonstration Effects in Malaysia’s Political Landscape
This paper traces senses of injustice among Indian Malaysians which found expression in the ‘illegal’ Hindraf rally in Kuala Lumpur in 2007. While underlying ethnic and racial differentiation hasExpand
(re)mapping indigenous ‘race’/place in postcolonial peninsular malaysia1
ABSTRACT. This paper focuses on how indigeneity has been constructed, deployed and ruptured in postcolonial Malay(si)a. Prior to the independence of Malaya in 1957, British colonial administratorsExpand
Recognizing indigenous identity in postcolonial Malaysian law: Rights and realities for the Orang Asli (aborigines) of Peninsular Malaysia
In Southeast Asia, the birth of postcolonial states in the aftermath of the Second World War marked a watershed in political relations between ethnic groups residing within emerging geo-politicalExpand
Up-“Routing” Communities: Subaltern Voices Challenge Sustainable Urban Renewal in Fortaleza, Brazil
Abstract Passed in 2001, Brazil’s Estatuto da Cidade (City Statute) requires municipalities to recognize the social value of space in addition to its economic value and has been hailed as a majorExpand
Securitization and Community-Based Protection Among Chin Refugees in Kuala Lumpur
This article examines refugee-led community organizations among Chin refugees from Myanmar in Kuala Lumpur. It uses a structuration analysis that recognizes refugee-led organizations as complexExpand
Timely Partnerships? Contrasting Geographies of Activism in New Zealand and Australia
Analyses of activism have inspired geographers for many years, but most of this work has focused on relatively short time-frames, events and struggles. This paper suggests that there is much to beExpand


Negotiating indigenous identity in postcolonial Malaysia: beyond being ‘not quite/not Malay’
In this paper, I demonstrate that the position of the postcolonial ‘Self’ in Malaysia is legitimized through inherited imperial mechanisms of power, both structural and ideological. The emergence ofExpand
Spatialities of transnational resistance to globalization: the maps of grievance of the Inter‐Continental Caravan
This paper explores the spatialities constructed through resistances to globalization. It focuses on the Inter-Continental Caravan, an ambitious project which united activists from the Indian NewExpand
Kuala Lumpur metropolitan area: A globalizing city–region
Abstract The Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur is the national capital of Malaysia and forms the core of the nation’s most populous urban region. It is the increasingly global orientation of the cityExpand
Kampung Rules: Landscape and the Contested Government of Urban(e) Malayness
Kampung ('village') habits and traits have been widely invoked in 'explanations' of inappropriate urban conduct among Malays in Malaysia. State-sponsored rural-urban migration for Malays from theExpand
The lure of the local: landscape studies at the end of a troubled century
‘Our streets! Our world!’ So answered the amazing coalition of activists – labor, environmental, peace and justice, anti-genetically modified food, health, housing – gathered in Seattle in the waningExpand
Globalization and Urban Change: Capital, Culture, and Pacific Rim Mega-Projects
Kris Olds provides a grounded analysis of globalization and urban change in the late twentieth century. Based on field work carried out in Vancouver, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Paris, and London, theExpand
Landscapes of Property
If we want to explore the social dimensions of property, we need to think of it not only historically but also geographically, entailing both practices in and representations of social space. TheExpand
Globalising Kuala Lumpur and the Strategic Role of the Producer Services Sector
In the context of the international economy of the late 1970s, the Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan (1984) noted that the city's role as the commercial and financial centre of Malaysia would be maintainedExpand
The place of landscape : A conceptual framework for interpreting an American scene
This paper presents a conceptual framework for interpreting cultural landscapes in the U.S. through the example of a residential suburb. The particular landscape is presented as the tangible, visibleExpand
Cities for Nations? Examining the City- Nation-State Relation in Information Age Malaysia*
Accounts of new forms of society and economy supported by advances in information and communications technology have both identified and fostered a belief in the growing importance of cities andExpand