Pacific Affairs



"Making sensible, adroit and fruitful use of Antonio Gramsci’s theory of hegemony and Michel Foucault’s concept of governmentality…[Connors] offers an insightful and penetrating analytical, critical history of democracy in modern Thai politics as a series of overlapping and conflicting projects by various groups of state elites to build their respective political hegemony and inculcate varying rationalities of government into the people, in articulation with the established official national identity…his conceptual coinage of democrasubjection, succinctly defined as "the subjection of people to imaginary forms of their own rule " amounts to a radical and thorough critique of the potentially oppressive and exploitative, ideological and institutional work that democracy does to produce subject-citizens out of the raw material of people, and should be applicable to any people still haunted by democracy."