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Places of Nature in Ecologies of Urbanism$
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Anne Rademacher and K. Sivaramakrishnan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789888390595

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888390595.001.0001

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Ecologies of Possibility

Ecologies of Possibility

Dwelling, Politics, and Government Along Khon Kaen’s Railway Tracks

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(p.162) 7 Ecologies of Possibility
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Places of Nature in Ecologies of Urbanism
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Eli Elinoff

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888390595.003.0008

This chapter describes the shifting ecologies of the spaces along the railway tracks in the provincial capital city of Northeastern Thailand, Khon Kaen. It traces the land’s history by describing how the Thai state railway transformed from a national infrastructural project into a space of dwelling. By intertwining infrastructural histories with stories of dwelling, the chapter shows how state actors remake the land through their efforts to govern it and how residents have transformed it through political struggles to secure their homes, assert their political status, improve their communities, and maintain their rights to the city. The interrelationship between these histories reveals the ways ecologies—both actual and possible—make and are made through social relations, political struggles, and spatial policy.

Keywords:   Infrastructures, Citizenship, Politics, Dwelling, 

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