Contemporary Southeast Asia, Vol. 34, No. 3, December 2012

"Comprising in part of previously published papers and presentations, the topics drawn together in this book range from an assessment of how the military remained oblivious to the sensitivities of locals in the provinces despite its vast budget, to the inefficiencies of the National Reconciliation Council and how, as McCargo suggests, the "fractured nation" cannot simply be repai

"Comprising in part of previously published papers and presentations, the topics drawn together in this book range from an assessment of how the military remained oblivious to the sensitivities of locals in the provinces despite its vast budget, to the inefficiencies of the National Reconciliation Council and how, as McCargo suggests, the "fractured nation" cannot simply be repaired through "reconciliation".

… Notwithstanding the masterly treatment of the fundamental policy missteps that plague Bangkok’s attempts to resolve its problems in the south, it is, arguably, the book’s capable and effective discussion of historical, political and cultural undercurrents that impresses most.

[…] the insightful analysis and empirical detail contained in Mapping National Anxieties means that it still stands apart from other works.

… Together with Tearing Apart the Land, Mapping National Anxieties is absolutely essential reading for those who wish to have deeper knowledge of the woes of Thailand’s Malay minority in the southern provinces, the internal politics and fault lines within this community, and the problems that a resilient Malay identity pose for the Thai state and its national narrative."

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