Book 2014

Contemporary Socio-Cultural and Political Perspectives in Thailand

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ISBN: 978-94-007-7243-4 (Print) 978-94-007-7244-1 (Online)

Table of contents (32 chapters)

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  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxi

  2. Thailand and Current Socio-cultural Issues

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      Pages 3-22

      Redefining “Thainess”: Embracing Diversity, Preserving Unity

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      Pages 23-47

      The Giant Swing (Lo Ching Cha): Brahmanical Origins and Its Significance to the Religious Culture of Thailand

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      Pages 49-64

      Thai Amulets: Symbol of the Practice of Multi-faiths and Cultures

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      Pages 65-82

      Buddhist Temple: A Religious Capital Approach for Preparing Thailand Toward the Aging Society

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      Pages 83-93

      Beyond Localities: Community Development and Network Construction Among the Buddhist Monks in Northern Thailand

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      Pages 95-109

      Hegemonic English, Standard Thai, and Narratives of the Subaltern in Thailand

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      Pages 111-123

      Digital Revolution and Its Discontents: Thai “Underground Metal” Scene and Their Love-Hate Relationship with New Technologies

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      Pages 125-139

      The Thawiphop Phenomenon: Reimagining Nationalism in a Contemporary Thai Novel and Its Stage and Screen Adaptations

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      Pages 141-153

      Relatedness: Capitalism and the Sufficiency Economy in Rural Northeastern Thailand

  3. Political Aspects in Thailand Today

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      Pages 155-155

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      Pages 157-168

      Party-Social Movement Coalition in Thailand’s Political Conflict (2005–2011)

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      Pages 169-184

      “For King and Country”? Thailand’s Political Conflicts as Dynamics of Social Closure

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      Pages 185-207

      The Vulnerability of Thai Democracy: Coups d’état and Political Changes in Modern Thailand

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      Pages 209-222

      Politics and the City: Protest, Memory, and Contested Space in Bangkok

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      Pages 223-233

      The Politics of Change in Thai Cities: The Urban Poor as Development Catalysts

  4. Ethnic Issues in Contemporary Thailand

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 235-235

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      Pages 237-252

      Language and Cultural Rights in the Ethnic Revival Movement of the Black Tai in Khaoyoi, Petchaburi

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      Pages 253-265

      Lahu Students in Thai Schools: The Cases of Som and Noi

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      Pages 267-282

      Rural-Urban Migration and Ethnic Minority Enterprise

  5. Contemporary Gender and Queer Perspectives

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 283-283

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      Pages 285-297

      Learning to Look Good: Thai Women Office Workers and Everyday Consumption Practices at Work

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      Pages 299-310

      Thai Daughters, English Wives: A Critical Ethnography of Transnational Lives

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      Pages 311-327

      The Expat Life with a Thai Wife: Thailand as an Imagined Space of Masculine Transformation

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