National Identity and Its Defenders: Thailand Today by Craig J. ReynoldsNational Identity and Its Defenders: Thailand Today by Craig J. Reynolds

National Identity and Its Defenders: Thailand Today

EditorCraig J. Reynolds

Paperback | October 1, 2002

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The first edition of this book was hailed as original and challenging in its analyses of Thai national identity. The topic is today no less worthy of discussion and comment. The essays boldly offer insights into the formation of Thai identity from the perspectives of history, political science, anthropology, linguistics, social psychology, human geography, and media and religious studies.

Written in the aftermath of the 1997 Asian financial crisis, a new chapter reflects on the way older concepts of Thai identity were transformed by the economic boom as well as by the financial crisis that followed. Topics include the debates among public intellectuals about the perils and opportunities of globalization, the dynamic relationship between local and global knowledge, and perceived challenges to Thailand's sovereignty, all of which have deep roots in the country's modern history.

Title:National Identity and Its Defenders: Thailand TodayFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:368 pages, 1 × 1 × 0.8 inShipping dimensions:1 × 1 × 0.8 inPublished:October 1, 2002Publisher:Silkworm BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9747551888

ISBN - 13:9789747551884


Table of Contents

IllustrationsAcknowledgementsPreface to the Revised EditionIntroduction: National Identity and its DefendersThe Crisis of Siamese IdentityState-Identity Creation, State-Building and Civil Society, 1939-1989What Makes Central Thai a National Language?Thai Nationalism and Identity: Popular ThemesThe Frontiers of ThailandThai Buddhist Identity: Debates on the TraiphumThai Identity in the Astrological TraditionThe Case of the Purloined Lintel: The Politics of a Khmer Shrine as a Thai National TreasureIdentity and Authority in ThailandWhat is the Thai Village?Rumours, Foul Calumnies and the Safety of the State: Mass Media and National Identity in ThailandThai Identity in the Age of GlobalizationContributorsIndex

Editorial Reviews

Contributors discuss the political, socio-linguistic, historical, and cultural implications in the construction of national identity. . . . The book raises interesting questions on the discursive relationship between Thai identity, the state, and nationhood.

- Asian Studies Review