Civil Society and Democratization

Social Movements in Northeast Thailand

by Somchai Phatharathananunth

263 pp., illustrated
NIAS Monographs # 99
Available from NIAS Press worldwide

Hardback - 2006, Available
ISBN 978 87 91114 38 0, £42.00
Paperback - 2006, Available
ISBN 978 87 91114 85 4, £16.99

• A "sophisticated, well-researched and extremely important contribution to Thai political studies" (external reviewer)
• Succeeds in revising orthodox understandings of Thailand?s democratization by exploring the role and impact of neglected social forces
• Contains substantial empirical work on the SSFAI and related organizations.

This book is for anyone wondering whatever happened to Thailands vanished Marxist insurgents or interested in understanding the forces behind the mass demonstrations of peasants that periodically descend on Bangkok. Specifically, the book investigates the struggle of an important social movement in Thailand, the Small Scale Farmers’ Assembly of Isan (SSFAI), and examines the role of civil society in the process of democratization.

This first major work on the SSFAI demonstrates how civil society organizations in the form of social movements contribute to the democratization process in the key areas of citizenship rights. Moreover, the book also addresses two important themes in social movements research: the impacts of strategies and tactics on the outcomes of social movements, and the effect of organizational structure on movements’ goals and activities.

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