Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1353/anq.0.0122
Title: New mosaics on old walls: Intimacy and architecture along the Malaysian-Thai frontier
Authors: Johnson, I. 
Keywords: Architecture
Borders
Cultural intimacy
History
Identity
Kelantan
Malaysia
Thai
Thailand
Issue Date: Mar-2010
Source: Johnson, I. (2010-03). New mosaics on old walls: Intimacy and architecture along the Malaysian-Thai frontier. Anthropological Quarterly 83 (2) : 239-277. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1353/anq.0.0122
Abstract: The Thais of Kelantan, Malaysia are a small community living along an international border. Politically Malaysian, the Buddhist community has for a long time come under the cultural sway of neighboring Thailand. In this paper, I discuss how Michael Herzfeld's (1997) notion of cultural intimacy is a useful tool in discussing how religious architecture forms an important marker of personhood for Kelantanese Thai villagers. I elaborate upon Herzfeld's original thesis by seeking out cultural intimacy not in the gaps of national embarrassments but in the important and powerful feelings of belonging along the peripheries of two nation-states. © 2010 by the Institute for Ethnographic.
Source Title: Anthropological Quarterly
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/124614
ISSN: 00035491
DOI: 10.1353/anq.0.0122
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