Damnoen Techamai

Wedding Spaces: The Making of Contemporary Thai Wedding Ceremony

Supervisors: Mark Cousins, Dr Chittawadi Chitrabongs

The study aims to investigate the contemporary weddings in Bangkok, Thailand. The thesis separates the wedding ceremonies, the product of a hybrid culture – a mixture of western and traditional Thai culture – into three categories: ritual objects/spaces, process and reality. By using hybridity as a key concept to explore the contemporary Thai weddings, an analysis and interpretation of the ideological background of these hybrid ceremonies is proposed. To this aim a through collection of specific descriptions of the wedding objects such as wedding photographs, fashion articles, culinary preferences, ornamental design, catering methods, shelter design and ritual process will be assembled as the work frame of the thesis.