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Beyond the Third World City: The New Urban Geography of South-east Asia

H.W. Dick and P.J. Rimmer
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H.W. Dick: Department of Business Development and Corporate History, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia,
P.J. Rimmer: Department of Human Geography, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, 0200, Australia, au.

Urban Studies, 1998, vol. 35, issue 12, 2303-2321

Abstract: Scholars, as area specialists, have typified south-east Asian cities as Third World cities and emphasised their uniquely south-east Asian or even national characteristics. This paper will argue that the early decades of decolonisation which gave rise to this perspective were in fact a transitional phase. In the late colonial period south-east Asian cities were already becoming more like Western cities. Since the 1980s, in the era of globalisation, this process of convergence has re-emerged. Clearly, there should now be a single urban discourse. This is not to deny that south-east Asian (or Third World) cities have distinctive elements. The problem is the paradigm which shuts out First World elements.

Date: 1998
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