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Houses in Motion: The Experience of Place and the Problem of Belief in Urban Malaysia

Richard Baxstrom


This book is about the transformation of urban space and the reordering of the demographic character of Brickfields, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Kuala Lumpur. The book offers an ethnographic account of the complex attempts on the part of the state and the community to reconcile techno-rational conceptions of law, development, and city planning with local experiences of place, justice, relatedness, and possibilities for belief in an aggressively changing world. The book combines classic methods of anthropological research and an engagement with the work of theorists such as Gilles Deleuz ... More

Keywords: urban space, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Brickfields, urban life, development, city planning, belief, Gilles Deleuze, Henri Lefebvre

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780804758918
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804758918.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Baxstrom, author