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After the New OrderSpace, Politics, and Jakarta$
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Abidin Kusno

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824837457

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824837457.001.0001

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The Nation-State and the City Hall

The Nation-State and the City Hall

(p.3) Chapter 1 The Nation-State and the City Hall
After the New Order

Abidin Kusno

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter outlines the spatial representation of the city hall in Jakarta. The structure is a symbol of civic autonomy embodied in the urban “public” space. While adorned with iconographic as well as symbolic elements to represent political idealism, the city hall is also subjected to different public perceptions. The attachment of the city to the nation-state has made the city hall a citadel of authority rather than a space for interplay between citizens and officials. In addition, the structure is considered the stadhuis of European merchant-administrators and the colonial state to its postcolonial incarnations.

Keywords:   spatial representation, civic autonomy, Jakarta city hall, public space, political idealism, stadhuis

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