Democracy and National Identity in Thailand

Paperback: $27.00
ISBN-13: 9788776940027
Published: April 2007

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320 pages
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  • About the Book
  • This revised and updated edition of the widely praised Democracy and National Identity in Thailand provides readers with a fascinating discussion of how debates about democracy and national identity in Thailand have evolved from the period of counter-insurgency in the 1960s to the current period. Focusing on state and civil society centered democratic projects, Connors uses original Thai language sources to trace how the Thai state developed a democratic ideology that meshed with idealized notions of Thai identity, focusing on the monarchy. The book moves on to explore how non-state actors have mobilized notions of democracy and national identity in their battle against authoritarian rule. It also invites readers to explore democratic ideology as a form of power aimed at creating ideal citizens able to support elite national projects.

  • About the Author(s)
    • Michael Kelly Connors, Author

      Michael Connors teaches at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, PRC in the Department of International Studies and is the author of Democracy and National Identity in Thailand.