From World City to the World in One City: Liverpool through Malay Lives.pdf
From World City to the World in One City examines changing geographies of Liverpool through and across the lives of Malay seamen who arrived in the city during its final years as a major imperial port. * Draws upon life histories and memories of people who met at the Malay Club in Liverpool until its closure in 2007, to examine changing urban sites and landscapes as well as the city's historically shifting constitutive connections * In considering the historical presence of Malay seamen in Liverpool, draws attention to a group which has previously received only passing mention in historical and geographical studies of both that city, and of multi-ethnic Britain more widely * Demonstrates that Liverpool-based Malay men sustained social connections with Southeast Asia long before scholars began to use terms such as 'globalization' or 'transnationalism' * Based on a diverse range of empirical data, including interviews with members of the Malay Club in Liverpool and interviews in Southeast Asia, as well as archival and secondary sources * Accessibly-written for non-academic audiences interested in the history and urban social geography of Liverpool
‘Here we have a distinctive approach to global and transnational urbanism, one that provides us with “sites and routes” that are markedly different from the normal science of urban studies. In this beautifully conceptualized and written book, Tim Bunnell draws us into life histories that are compelling world histories. In the process, cities are made and urban theory is remade.’
Ananya Roy, Professor of Urban Planning and Social Welfare and Director, The Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin, USA
'This is an engagingly written and sensitively researched portrait of the Malays – from seafarers to students – who have lived in and through Liverpool, shaping this world city, which is now marketed as the 'world in one city'. Tracing the transnational lives of Liverpool Malays, it takes our understandings of diaspora cities and connected geographies in some exciting new directions.'
Richard Phillips, Professor of Geography, University of Sheffield, UK
Tim Bunnell is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore. He is the author of Malaysia, Modernity and the Multimedia Super Corridor: A Critical Geography of Intelligent Landscapes (2004) and co-editor of Cleavage, Connection and Conflict in Rural, Urban and Contemporary Asia (2013).