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Ghosts Of The New City

Engels | Hardcover | 9780824839390 | 31 juli 2014 | 216 pagina's

Andrew Alan Johnson - 9780824839390


Engels | Hardcover | 9780824839390 | 31 juli 2014 | 216 pagina's

Chiang Mai (literally, new city ) suffered badly in the 1997 Asian financial crisis as the Northern Thai real estate bubble collapsed along with the Thai baht, crushing dreams of a renaissance of Northern prosperity. Years later, the ruins of the excesses of the 1990s still stain the skyline. In Ghosts of the New City, Andrew Alan Johnson shows how the trauma of the crash, brought back vividly by the political crisis of 2006, haunts efforts to remake the city. For many Chiang Mai residents, new developments harbour the seeds of the crash, which manifest themselves in anxious stories of ghosts and criminals who conceal themselves behind the city's progressive veneer. Hopes for rebirth and fears of decline have their roots in Thai conceptions of progress, which draw from Buddhist and animist ideas of power and sacrality. Cities, Johnson argues, were centres where the charismatic power of kings and animist spirits were grounded; these entities assured progress by imbuing the space with sacred power that would avert disaster. Johnson traces such magico-religious conceptions of potency and space from historical records through present-day popular religious practice and draws parallels between these and secular attempts at urban revitalization. Through a detailed ethnography of the contested ways in which academics, urban activists, spirit mediums, and architects seek to revitalize the flagging economy and infrastructure of Chiang Mai, Johnson finds that alongside the hope for progress there exists a discourse about urban ghosts, deadly construction sites, and the lurking anxiety of another possible crash, a discourse that calls into question history's upward trajectory. In this way, Ghosts of the New City draws new connections between urban history and popular religion that have implications far beyond Southeast Asia.


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Ghosts Of The New City Engels | Hardcover | 9780824839390 | 31 juli 2014 | 216 pagina's
Oorspronkelijke releasedatum31 juli 2014
Aantal pagina's216
IllustratiesMet illustraties
HoofdauteurAndrew Alan Johnson
HoofdredacteurDavid P. Chandler
Tweede RedacteurRita Smith Kipp
HoofduitgeverijUniversity Of Hawai'I Press
Extra groot lettertypeNee
Gewicht356 g
Product breedte152 mm
Product hoogte13 mm
Product lengte229 mm
Verpakking breedte152 mm
Verpakking hoogte229 mm
Verpakking lengte229 mm

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