Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #07: Thailand's Hyper-Royalism - Its Past Success And Present Predicament


by Thongchai Winichakul

Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #07: Thailand's Hyper-Royalism - Its Past Success And Present Predicament

Price:  US$9.29   (SGD12.90*)
Format:  Paper Back, 36 pages
Published:  2016, Singapore, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9789814762373
SB#:  059283 (140)

About This Book

Thailand's political impasse in the past decade is partly attributable to the royalist dominance of the parliamentary system, a dominance developed and strengthened under the cultural condition of hyper-royalism. Hyper-royalism is the politico-cultural condition in which royalism is intensified and exaggerated in public and everyday life. It is sanctioned by legislation that controls expressions about the monarchy in the public sphere. Hyper-royalism also generates the illusion that the monarchy is divine, thanks to visual performances and objects, especially through television and majestic pageantry. Accordingly, the ideal monarch is found in King Bhumibol. Given the mortality of Bhumibol, however, future prospects of hyper-royalism and royalist-guided democracy are grim. Thailand's political future is highly uncertain.


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