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In the British colonial city of Singapore, municipal authorities and Asian communities faced off over numerous issue. As the city expanded, disputes arose in connection with sanitation, housing, street names, control over pedestrian “five-foot-ways”, and sacred spaces such as burial grounds. Brenda Yeoh’s Contesting Space in Colonial Singapore details these conflicts and how they shaped the city. The British administration structured the private and public environments of the city with an eye toward shaping human behaviour, following scientific principles and the lessons of urban planning in other parts of the world. For the Asian communities, Singapore was the place where they lived according to their own values, priorities and resources. The two perceptions of the city frequently clashed, and the author reads the cityscape of Singapore as the result of this contest between discipline and resistance. Drawing on meticulous research and a theoretically sophisticated use of cultural and social geography, post-colonial historical discourse, and social theory, the author offers a compelling picture of a critical stage in Singapore's past. It is an important contribution to the study of colonial cities and an indispensable resource for understanding the shape of modern Singapore.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. 3-8
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgements to the First Edition
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Tables
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Figures
  2. pp. xix-xx
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  1. Plates
  2. pp. xxi-xxii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xxiii-23
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. xxiv-xxv
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  1. Note on Currency, Chinese Names and Terms
  2. pp. xxvi-26
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  1. Chapter 1: Power Relations and the Built Environment in Colonial Cities
  2. pp. 1-27
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  1. Chapter 2: Establishing an Institution of Control over the Urban Built Environment: The Municipal Authority of Singapore, 1819-1930
  2. pp. 28-78
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  1. Part I: Sanitizing the Private Environment
  2. pp. 79-84
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  1. Chapter 3: Municipal Sanitary Surveillance, Asian Resistance, and the Control of the Urban Environment
  2. pp. 85-135
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  1. Chapter 4: Shaping the Built Form of the City: From the Regulation of House Form to Urban Planning
  2. pp. 136-174
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  1. Chapter 5: Municipal Versus Asian Utilities Systems: Urban Water Supply and Sewage Disposal
  2. pp. 175-212
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  1. Part II: Ordering the Public Environment
  2. pp. 213-218
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  1. Chapter 6: The Naming and Signification of Urban Space: Municipa versus Asian Street-names and Place-names
  2. pp. 219-242
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  1. Chapter 7: The Control of 'Public' Space: Conflicts over the Definition and Use of the Verandah
  2. pp. 243-280
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  1. Chapter 8: The Control of 'Sacred' Space: Conflicts over the Chinese Burial Grounds
  2. pp. 281-311
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  1. Chapter 9: Conclusion: The Politics of Space in Colonial Singapore
  2. pp. 312-316
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 317-322
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 323-345
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 346-351
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789971697679
Related ISBN
9789971692681
MARC Record
OCLC
868218855
Pages
396
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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