Giuseppe Bolotta


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Giuseppe Bolotta is Assistant Professor of Southeast Asian Studies in the Department of Asian and North African Studies at the Cà Foscari University of Venice. His research interests focus on the history and cultural politics of childhood and youth in Thailand; development, religion, and humanitarianism in Southeast Asia; transnational governance of childhood; and the politics of children’s rights in the Global South.

Books by this author

Belittled Citizens

The Cultural Politics of Childhood on Bangkok’s Margins

  • A splendidly original, multi-situated ethnography of marginalized children in Bangkok, the first of its kind.
  • Explores the intersection between Thai politics, urban poverty, religion, and global humanitarianism from the perspective of “slum children” in Bangkok.
  • Demonstrates that “childhood” is best understood in Thailand as a political category.
  • Offers startling new insights into how ideas of “parenthood” and “infantilization” shape Thai political culture.
  • Its child-centered analysis has the potential to produce fresh understandings of contemporary Southeast Asian societies.
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