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Title: No place, new places: Death and its rituals in urban Asia
Authors: Kong, L. 
Issue Date: Feb-2012
Citation: Kong, L. (2012-02). No place, new places: Death and its rituals in urban Asia. Urban Studies 49 (2) : 415-433. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In many land-scarce Asian cities, planning agencies have sought to reduce space for the dead to release land for the living, encouraging conversion from burial to cremation over several decades. This has caused secular principles privileging efficient land use to conflict with symbolic values invested in burial spaces. Over time, not only has cremation become more accepted, even columbaria have become overcrowded, and new forms of burials (sea and woodland burials) have emerged. As burial methods change, so too do commemorative rituals, including new on-line and mobile phone rituals. This paper traces the ways in which physical spaces for the dead in several east Asian cities have diminished and changed over time, the growth of virtual space for them, the accompanying discourses that influence these dynamics and the new rituals that emerge concomitantly with the contraction of land space. © 2011 Urban Studies Journal Limited.
Source Title: Urban Studies
ISSN: 00420980
DOI: 10.1177/0042098011402231
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