Asian Cities: Globalization, Urbanization and Nation-Building


Malcolm McKinnon

Asian Cities challenges Western theories of globalization and urban
growth with a fresh and stimulating look at cities in developing Asia. It questions the status accorded globalization in explaining contemporary Asian cities, arguing instead that they are being transformed by three major forces – urbanization and nation-building as well as globalization. The first two are not dependent variables of globalization, although all, in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, have been shaped by capitalism. The book reaches beyond the usual focus on metropolitan centres to examine urban life in a sample of middle-sized cities representative of hundreds of such urban centres throughout the Asian continent. In sum, it examines developing Asian cities in their own terms rather than as
variants of Western cities. This is a nuanced study grounded in quantitative findings but enriched by qualitative research that both provides additional evidence and – together with many maps and illustrations – brings the findings alive.

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