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Black areas: Urban kampongs and power relations in post-war Singapore historiography

Loh, K.S. (2007) Black areas: Urban kampongs and power relations in post-war Singapore historiography. Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, 22 (1). pp. 1-29.

Abstract

By analysing a collection of key texts, this paper examines state-society relations in post-war Singapore in social and spatial terms. It traces the history of state regulation of urban space and a parallel story ot resistance by the Chinese population, This paper analyses the making of modern Singapore as a contestation over urban space in the post-war years. A strategic theatre of this struggle was the autonomous Chinese kampongs on the urban periphery. A controlling discourse, representing the urban kampongs as sites of social pollution, made possible the state's efforts to eradicate them by relocating their dwellers in public housing.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Asia Research Centre
Publisher: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Copyright: © 2007 ISEAS.
Publishers Website: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/sojourn_journal_of_so...
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/10214
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