City as Text by James S. Duncan
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City as Text
By James S. Duncan

The City as Text

The Politics of Landscape Interpretation in the Kandyan Kingdom

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City as Text by James S. Duncan

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In this book James Duncan convincingly argues that landscapes are not only culturally produced, but that they also influence governing ideas of political and religious life. He analyzes this dialectic relationship between landscape and the pursuit of power in the royal capital of Kandy in the central highlands of Sri Lanka during the early years of the nineteenth century and demonstrates how the Kandyan landscape was consciously produced to further the perceived interests of the Kandyan kings. Using extensive archival sources, architectural analysis and mapping, the author reveals how the landscape was designed to foster a certain hegemonic reading that spoke of the power, benevolence and legitimacy of the kings in their capital.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521611961
ISBN-10: 0521611962
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Pages: 244
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Human Geography by James S. Duncan Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Human Geography, Paperback (August 2016)

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Human Geography is an indispensable overview of the field. Unparalleled in scope and offering both historical and contemporary perspectives, this volume provides an up-to-date, authoritative synthesis of the discipline of human geography.

Place/Culture/Representation by James S. Duncan Place/Culture/Representation, Paperback (June 1993)

Discussing authorial power, landscape metaphor and the notions of community and sense of place, this explores the ways in which spatial and cultural analysis have found much common ground in making sense of ourselves and the landscape we inhabit.

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