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Title: HAWKER CENTRE : A HISTORICAL EXAMINATION OF THE ESTABLISHMENT AS A FORM OF SOCIAL CONTROL BY THE BRITISH DURING COLONIAL PERIOD
Authors: YEO BOON KEONG, BENJAMIN
Keywords: Architecture
Erik Gerard L’Heureux
2008/2009 AkiD MArch
Issue Date: 23-Sep-2010
Citation: YEO BOON KEONG, BENJAMIN (2010-09-23). HAWKER CENTRE : A HISTORICAL EXAMINATION OF THE ESTABLISHMENT AS A FORM OF SOCIAL CONTROL BY THE BRITISH DURING COLONIAL PERIOD. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The paper is selected the hawker centre, an urban form which has been naturalized into the modern landscape of Singapore, as its subject of inquiry and examination. The urban form is familiar to a large majority of locals who can identify themselves with this everyday location which they utilize and traverse through with ease. However, unbeknownst to many, this typology of food space, seemingly unique in the region of Singapore and Malaysia as part of its fabric had once been an alien form that is actually the product of tremendous contestation. Prior to its existence, street hawking was the natural way of life, before the British colonized the island in 1819. The street being an outlet for public space became a site of struggle for spatial control between the state and the people, ceaselessly appropriated and negotiated. The hawker centre was given birth in the process of contestation. While climate, tradition and building customs have its bearings, the justification of the hawker centre typology resides more firmly in the distinctive notions of power and social control. Using Foucault’s conception of power as an interpretative framework, the paper set to relate the history of the formation of the hawker centre typology from the lens of power and resistance. The history extends from the eighteenth century during the industrial revolution that took place in Britain to the time of post war Singapore. Through the understanding of the power relations that coexisted in this history, it hopes to bring to light several assumptions that have shaped the typology and also many the urban planning that is related to the typology. Through the unveiling of history, the author wishes to re examine some of the assumptions and ideology of progress that has been embedded in the official stay of the hawker centre.
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