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Houses in MotionThe Experience of Place and the Problem of Belief in Urban Malaysia$
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Richard Baxstrom

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758918

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758918.001.0001

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The Founding of Brickfields and the Prewar Development of Kuala Lumpur

The Founding of Brickfields and the Prewar Development of Kuala Lumpur

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(p.25) 1 The Founding of Brickfields and the Prewar Development of Kuala Lumpur
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Houses in Motion
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DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804758918.003.0002

This chapter provides a rundown of Brickfields' prewar history. It presents the area's development as a distinctive neighbourhood in Kuala Lumpur, within the context of Kuala Lumpur's development as the capital of colonial Malaya. It further states that the development of Brickfields was the result of various forces (i.e. economic, social, and political) that created and helped define certain social groups. Part of the chapter is devoted to a summary of the many uses and understandings of the concept of urban space in colonial Malaya, as well as an explanation of how conflicts over the proper form of the city emerged and how the conflicts were addressed by these social groups.

Keywords:   Brickfields, colonial Malaya, social groups, urban space, prewar history

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