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Consumption of Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the postmodern city writ large, a city that, within the short span of a decade, has been transformed from a sleepy capital into a technological marvel with a thriving, diverse and affluent cultural life. Using anecdotes, classic Malay myths and tales, and observations based on real and imaginary wanderings through the city, Ziauddin Sardar traces Kuala Lumpur’s origins and charts the remarkable changes experienced by the city and its people, including both the recent economic crisis and the vicious power struggle between Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and his ex-Deputy Anwar Ibrahim. Sardar shows how a collision of cultures (Malay, Chinese, Indian, indigenous, Western) has developed and re-emerged in the form of a new synthesis, inducing both a degree of disorientation and a unique sense of energy and excitement.

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280 pages

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Asian Studies: Southeast Asia and Australia

Sociology: Social Institutions


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Table of Contents

The View from Menarah Indahh
The Circumference of the Mall
Magicians and Economic Miracles
Softly, through a Venomous Mist
Virtual Megalopolis
Select Bibliography
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Acknowledgements

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