Out of the Rubble: Affective Infrapolitics in Bangkok

  • Jaime Moreno-Tejada
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


The present study analyzes the everyday rhythms of a ruin in Bangkok, where middle-class residents are in day-to-day contact with the disenfranchised—mostly migrants from Northeast Thailand. I study the connections between ruined space, non-hegemonic mobility, the body, and everyday resistance. I do so by comparing and contrasting the bodily comportment of the disenfranchised (embodied everyday resistance) with the middle-class gaze over the ruin. The middle-class gaze is informed by Thai/global notions about what it means to be “civilized”, and it contains a primordial fear of “savagery”. The fear of the ruin is a fear of ruination, in the sense of losing material wealth and sliding into the lower class.


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  • Jaime Moreno-Tejada
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  1. 1.Liaoning Normal University-Missouri State University College of International BusinessDalianChina

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