Fashioning Nature Home in the Age of Anthropocene: Environment, Sensory and Aesthetic Experiences in Home & Garden, the 1980s – 1990s

28 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2021

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Nisarat

Chulalongkorn University

Tul Israngura Na Ayudhya

Chulalongkorn University

Date Written: November 5, 2021

Abstract

Our view of big city environmental problems is powerfully dominated by environmental policy as a response to the Anthropocene. From today’s perspective, it is easy to underestimate the relationship between the environmental history and the history of family and home. This paper uses the famous Home & Garden magazine to trace the ideas of the middle-class reactions to the anthropocenic changes in Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, in the 1980s and 1990s. The concept of bringing nature home and Bangkok’s environmental deterioration were not contradictory, but rather were closely related. Home and garden decoration carried with it certain ideas, ranging from natural purity and serenity to spirituality and mind regeneration. They were an important method people used to negotiate their lives in the age of Anthropocene.

Keywords: The Anthropocene, Home & Garden Magazine, environmental problems, urban living, sensory experiences

Suggested Citation

Kunthapoke, Nisarat and Na Ayudhya, Tul Israngura, Fashioning Nature Home in the Age of Anthropocene: Environment, Sensory and Aesthetic Experiences in Home & Garden, the 1980s – 1990s (November 5, 2021). Rian Thai International Journal of Thai Studies, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3957362 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3957362

Nisarat Kunthapoke (Contact Author)

Chulalongkorn University ( email )

Bangkok 10330
Thailand

Tul Israngura Na Ayudhya

Chulalongkorn University ( email )

Bangkok 10330
Thailand

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