Evers, Hans-Dieter and Nordin, Ramli (2012): The symbolic universe of Cyberjaya, Malaysia. Published in: ZEF Working Paper Series No. 95 (5. June 2012): pp. 1-33.
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This paper analyses how various actors have used potent urban symbols to assert their vision of a modern, globalized Malay identity in the construction of the recently founded knowledge city of Cyberjaya, part of the flagship Multimedia Super Corridor project. As the state controls both the land and the urban planning process it has attempted to impose its own particularistic vision of Malaysian society on urban space and urban structures. This is demonstrated through an analysis of the discursive vision behind Cyberjaya, the logos of government corporations, the use of architectural forms and motifs, and the treatment of urban space itself. The discussion suggests the spatial and symbolic universe of Cyberjaya draws on both patterns of ‘traditional’ Malay life as well a projected vision of a modernized Malay identity that resonates with a globalized Islam. This generates contestations in which other possible imaginings of Cyberjaya’s symbolic space become possible.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||The symbolic universe of Cyberjaya, Malaysia|
|Keywords:||urban development; urban symbols; urban economy; identity; knowledge; development; Malaysia|
|Subjects:||O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O18 - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
Z - Other Special Topics > Z1 - Cultural Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology
N - Economic History > N9 - Regional and Urban History
D - Microeconomics > D8 - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty
R - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics > R5 - Regional Government Analysis
|Depositing User:||Prof. Dr. Hans-Dieter Evers|
|Date Deposited:||04. Jun 2012 13:40|
|Last Modified:||24. Feb 2013 03:34|
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