Behind the Postcolonial: Architecture, Urban Space, and Political Cultures in Indonesia

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Architecture - 250 pages
In Behind the Postcolonial Abidin Kusno shows how colonial representations have been revived and rearticulated in postcolonial Indonesia. The book shows how architecture and urban space can be seen, both historically and theoretically, as representations of political and cultural tendencies that characterize an emerging as well as a declining social order. It addresses the complex interactions between public memories of the present and past, between images of global urban cultures and the concrete historical meanings of the local. It shows how one might write a political history of postcolonial architecture and urban space that recognizes the political cultures of the present without neglecting the importance of the colonial past. In the process, it poses serious questions for the analysis and understanding of postcolonial states.
 

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Contents

Origins Revisited Colonial Milieu and the Crisis of Architectural Representations
25
Modern Architecture and Traditional Polity Jakarta in the Time of Sukarno
49
Recreating Origins The Birth of Tradition in the Architecture of the New Order
71
URBAN SPACE
95
The Violence of Categories Urban Space and the Making of the National Subject
97
Colonial Replica Urban Design and Political Cultures
120
Custodians of Transnationality Urban Conflict Middle Class Prestige and the Chinese
144
TRANSNATIONAL IMAGININGS
167
Professional and National Dreams The Political Imaginings of Indonesian Architects
169
Spectre of Comparisons Notes on Discourses of Architecture and Urban Design in Southeast Asia
190
Beyond the Postcolonial?
206
Notes
213
References
233
Index
247
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