Democracy and National Identity in Thailand
by Michael Kelly Connors
Studies in Contemporary Asian History # 7
Available from NIAS Press worldwide
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 (post-coup) period.
Focusing on state- and civil society-centred 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.
A new chapter explores the fate of the democratic project under the Thaksin regime. Using an approach applicable to the study of other democratizing societies, Democracy and National Identity in Thailand invites readers to explore democratic ideology as a form of power aimed at creating ideal citizens able to support elite national projects.
Introduction: Talking democracy
Making democracy mean something
Before the doctrine: from constitutional democracy to Thai-style democracy
Developmental democracy: villages, insurgency and security
Delayed liberalism, the general will: the doctrine entrenched
Citizen King: embodying Thainess
New times, new constitution
Liberalism, civil society and new projects of subjection
Rethinking the nation in times of crisis: democracy, civic engagement and community
From abstract citizen to concrete struggle
Conclusion The lash of civic virtue
Michael Kelly Connors
Read Micahel Connor's blog at Sovereign Myth.
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