Cars and Carts : Marketing, Circulation, and Fluidity in Bangkok’s Central Business District

Claudio Sopranzetti




Bangkok began as a shop and boomed as an international market. As a consequence, a variety of trading, storing, and retailing techniques shaped both historical and contemporary Bangkok's social and urban landscape. This article analyzed Skytrain cars and street-vendors carts as central vessels of opposing and competing retail structures, forms of circulation, and relations between goods, people, and the city itself. The article explores how, in their movement across and around the city, they reshape social and physical spaces and offer a way to rethink perceptions of the urban landscape and modernity in Bangkok.


(Published in Rian Thai: International Journal of Thai Studies, Volume 2/2009, Page 71-93)


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