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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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(p.1) Introduction
Houses in Motion
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This chapter centers on different issues of urban life and transformation that are discussed throughout the book. It first addresses the scandal that occurred in the Jalan Chan Ah Tong field in Brickfields, a community in Kuala Lumpur that serves as the setting for most of the discussions in the preceding chapters. This is then followed by a discussion about urban life in this community, an analysis of the importance of the Malaysian case towards a better understanding of urban life and transformation not just in the country, but in Asia as a whole as well. From here the chapter turns to a description of Brickfields. Finally it gives a brief rundown of the following chapters and a discussion of the ethnographic methods that were used for this book.

Keywords:   urban life, transformation, Brickfields, Malaysian case, ethnographic methods

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