Post-politics and civil society in Asian cities : spaces of depoliticisation

Sonia LAM-KNOTT (Editor), Creighton CONNOLLY (Editor), Kong Chong HO (Editor)

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Bringing together an interdisciplinary group of scholars, Post-Politics and Civil Society in Asian Cities examines how the concept of ‘post-politics’ has manifested across a range of Asian cities, and the impact this has had on state-society relationships in processes of urban governance.

This volume examines how the post-political framework—derived from the study of Western liberal democracies—applies to Asian cities. Appreciating that the region has undergone a distinctive trajectory of political development, and is currently governed under democratic or authoritarian regimes, the book articulates how post-political conditions have created obstacles or opportunities for civil society to assert its voice in urban governance. Chapters address the different ways in which Asian civil society groups strive to gain a stake in the development and management of cities, specifically by looking at their involvement in heritage and environmental governance, two inter-related components in discourses about establishing liveable cities for the future.

By providing in-depth case studies examining the varying degrees to which post-political ideologies have been enacted in urban governance across Central, South, Southeast, and East Asia, this book offers a useful and timely resource for students and scholars interested in urban studies, political science, Asian studies, geography, and sociology.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages188
ISBN (Electronic)9780429298530
ISBN (Print)9780367278830
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NamePolitics in Asia


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  • Introduction : theorising the post-political in Asian cities

    LAM-KNOTT, S. (ed.), CONNOLLY, C. (ed.) & HO, K. C. (ed.), 2020, Post-politics and civil society in Asian cities : spaces of depoliticisation. LAM-KNOTT, S., CONNOLLY, C. & HO, K. C. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 1-17 17 p. (Politics in Asia).

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