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The Resource Ghosts of the new city : spirits, urbanity, and the ruins of progress in Chiang Mai, Andrew Alan Johnson

Ghosts of the new city : spirits, urbanity, and the ruins of progress in Chiang Mai, Andrew Alan Johnson

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Ghosts of the new city : spirits, urbanity, and the ruins of progress in Chiang Mai
Title
Ghosts of the new city
Title remainder
spirits, urbanity, and the ruins of progress in Chiang Mai
Statement of responsibility
Andrew Alan Johnson
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 harbor 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 centers 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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Johnson, Andrew Alan
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Southeast Asia: politics, meaning, and memory
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  • Urban renewal
  • Haunted places
  • Chiang Mai (Thailand)
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • HISTORY
  • Haunted places
  • Public opinion
  • Urban renewal
  • Thailand
  • Religionsethnologie
  • Therawada
  • Volksreligion
  • Religionsausübung
  • Geisterglaube
  • Ahnenkult
  • Stadtforschung
  • Thailand
  • Königreich Lanna
  • Thailand
Label
Ghosts of the new city : spirits, urbanity, and the ruins of progress in Chiang Mai, Andrew Alan Johnson
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Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: the broken building -- Progress and its ruins -- Foundations -- Mediums -- Lanna style -- Rebuilding Lanna -- Conclusion: the city doesn't have a future
Control code
ocn890375271
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Extent
1 online resource
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unknown
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online
Isbn
9780824847821
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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JSTOR
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22573/ctt1366nkj
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)890375271
Label
Ghosts of the new city : spirits, urbanity, and the ruins of progress in Chiang Mai, Andrew Alan Johnson
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: the broken building -- Progress and its ruins -- Foundations -- Mediums -- Lanna style -- Rebuilding Lanna -- Conclusion: the city doesn't have a future
Control code
ocn890375271
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780824847821
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt1366nkj
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)890375271

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