Politicised pagodas and veiled resistance : contested urban space in Burma.

Philp, Janette and Mercer, David 2002, Politicised pagodas and veiled resistance : contested urban space in Burma., Urban studies, vol. 39, no. 9, pp. 1587-1610.

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Title Politicised pagodas and veiled resistance : contested urban space in Burma.
Author(s) Philp, Janette
Mercer, David
Journal name Urban studies
Volume number 39
Issue number 9
Start page 1587
End page 1610
Publisher Carfax
Place of publication [Abingdon, England]
Publication date 2002
ISSN 0042-0980
1360-063X
Summary The urban landscapes of Yangon and Mandalay in Burma (Myanmar) exhibit a rich cultural layering and complex blending of urban forms and architectural styles. But while both cities today are shaped by contemporary economic and political realities, they also clearly reflect
their historical origins—Yangon as the British colonial capital and Mandalay as the last seat of the monarchy. Burma’s ancient religious monuments, monarchical and colonial heritage on the one hand, and new religious edifices, international standard hotels, commercial enterprises, new public buildings and satellite towns on the other hand, represent the two poles of the dialectic of tradition and modernity. The landscapes, as symbolic representations, have been appropriated by
the authoritarian military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) for nation building purposes. But the urban landscapes are also contested and appropriated in symbolic ways and invested with meanings as sites of resistance and struggle by those in opposition, and
are thus contested sites where the power relations of domination and resistance intersect. The paper illustrates these themes with examples drawn from Yangon and Mandalay.
Language eng
Field of Research 120599 Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, The Editors of Urban Studies
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