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When there are no Pagodas on Pagoda Street: Navigating 19th Century Urban Singapore.

Wong, Y. S. (2006) When there are no Pagodas on Pagoda Street: Navigating 19th Century Urban Singapore. Environment and Planning A, 38 (2). pp. 325-340.

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Abstract

What does it mean to constitute the landscape in language? The author addresses the complications of navigating a colonial landscape such as 19th-century Singapore, and the complex web of mobilities emerging from multiple knowledges. Despite the existence of official streetnames, different racial groups possessed different names and references for the very same streets—even within the same language. How then can we ever know of a place if it is inscribed by the interplay of cultural and linguistic experiences that constitute specific worlds? Drawing from Wittgenstein and Derrida, the author attempts to engage with the linguistic assumptions governing mobility in the multilayered colonial space of Singapore in which the same street is always a different street—and experienced very differently.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Environment and Planning A
Additional Information: RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > History
ID Code: 3523
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 13 Mar 2008 14:01
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:47
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3523

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