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The New Asian CityThree-Dimensional Fictions of Space and Urban Form$
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Jini Kim Watson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675722

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675722.001.0001

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Imagining the Colonial City

Imagining the Colonial City

(p.27) 1 Imagining the Colonial City
The New Asian City

Jini Kim Watson

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter traces colonial urban development in historical and theoretical terms, emphasizing how colonial cities have been theorized in terms of global modernity, capitalism, and imperialism. It focuses on Frantz Fanon’s passage from The Wretched of the Earth, in which Fanon presents fertile descriptions of the colonial city and introduces Manicheanism as the problem of the colonial world. In The Wretched of the Earth, Fanon offers ways to think through the consequences of the daily, bodily, lived experience of the “crouching village”, and demonstrates how the moral and political imperatives of decolonization are produced and felt in the spaces of the Manichean city.

Keywords:   colonial urban development, global modernity, capitalism, imperialism, Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth, Manicheanism, crouching village, Manichean city

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