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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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Transition Roads, Railways, and Bridges

Transition Roads, Railways, and Bridges

Arteries of the Nation

(p.167) Transition Roads, Railways, and Bridges
The New Asian City

Jini Kim Watson

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the implications of a developmentalist orientation for both official and alternative nationalisms through theorizations of the postcolonial nation. It focuses on the official national discourses of political speeches and government policies, and the refiguring and imagining of nations in various cultural texts. The chapter also analyzes infrastructures, such as the concrete and metaphoric road, railway, and bridge, which simultaneously turns national space into a free passage for goods, materials, labor, and commodities, and symbolizes the way chosen by the countries’ leaders toward successful development.

Keywords:   developmentalist orientation, postcolonial nation, cultural texts, national space, free passage, official national discourses, government policies

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