Architecture and Nationalism in Sri Lanka: The Trouser Under the Cloth (Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series)

Architecture and Nationalism in Sri Lanka: The Trouser Under the Cloth (Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series)

Anoma Pieris


The function of the house, the family sphere and the intimate, ethno-cultural identities which are cultivated inside it, are serious to figuring out the polemical structures of state and town; culture and modernity; and regionalism and cosmopolitanism. the house is prime to rules of the native land that supply nationalism its ingenious shape and its political trajectory.

This booklet explores positions which are very important to principles of nationwide belonging during the historical past of colonial, bourgeois self-fashioning and submit colonial id development in Sri Lanka. the rustic is still significant to similar architectural discourses as a result of its emergence as a severe web site for neighborhood structure, post-independence. Suggesting styles of indigenous lodging and resistance which are expressed via equipped shape, the publication argues that the kingdom grows as an extension of an indigenous deepest sphere, ostensibly uncontaminated by way of colonial affects, domesticating associations and appropriating rural geographies within the pursuit of its hegemonic beliefs.

This bold, finished, wide-ranging booklet offers an abundance of recent and unique fabric and lots of inventive insights into the background of structure and nationalism from the mid 19th century to the current day.

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