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Aesthetics of Power, the: Architecture, Modernity from Siam    to Thailand
   


ISBN :   9789744801975
WL Order Code :    E22677
Price :    US$30.00
Print :   Bangkok 2013
Size :   504 pp., illts. 150 x 210 mm. pbk Weight  0.655 kg
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  Koompong Noobanjong
Aesthetics of Power, the: Architecture, Modernity from Siam to Thailand

:Studies in Contemporary Thailand No. 19 Series Editor: Erik Cohen
     
   
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The Aesthetics of Power : Architecture, Identity and Modernity from Siam to Thailand comprehensively examines the politics of representation in architecture and urban space from the 1850s to the present time. By utilizing the built environment as a mode of problematization for studying the Thai national and cultural identity ̶̶ ̶̶ known as Thainess or khwampenthai ̶̶ ̶̶ this book offers a broader discourse and generates debate on the political forms of architecture as well as on the architectural forms of politics. Divided into seven chapters with more than 150 illustrations, it investigates a number of buildings and public spaces that signify various types of power and function in terms of media par excellence for the constructions of khwampenthei. Encompassing many palatial, government, public, and commercial structures, the inquiries also incorporate the ways in which these built forms have been subversively resemanticized by several contesting social agents to achieve their political objectives. An innovative synthesis of architectural history and critical studies on contemporary Thailand, the book not only brings a fresh understanding of complex Thai society but illustrates how Thais have appropriated modernity together with Western material culture in creating and transforming their modern identity.
 

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