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Political Development Of Modern Thailand: And Ethnic Politics Shape Health PolicyPolitical Development Of Modern Thailand: And Ethnic Politics Shape Health Policy by Ferrara, Frederico

Based on extensive, empirical research, The Political Development of Modern Thailand analyses the country's political history from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Long known for political instability, Thailand was thrust into a deep state of crisis by a royalist military coup staged in 2006. Since then, conservative royalists have overthrown more elected governments after violent street protests, while equally disruptive demonstrations staged by supporters of electoral democracy were crushed by military force. Federico Ferrara traces the roots of the crisis to unresolved struggles regarding the content of Thailand's national identity, dating back to the abolition of absolute monarchy in 1932. He explains the conflict's re-intensification with reference to a growing chasm between the hierarchical worldview of Thailand's hegemonic 'royal nationalism' and the aspirations that millions of ordinary people have come to harbour as a result of modernisation.

Siamese Melting Pot: Ethnic Minorities In The Making Of BangkokSiamese Melting Pot: Ethnic Minorities In The Making Of Bangkok by Van Roy, Edward

Ethnic minorities historically comprised a solid majority of Bangkok's population. They played a dominant role in the city's exuberant economic and social development. In the shadow of Siam's prideful, flamboyant Thai ruling class, the city's diverse minorities flourished quietly. In tracing the social, political, and spatial dynamics of Bangkok's ethnic pluralism through the two-and-a-half centuries of the city's history, this book calls attention to a long-neglected mainspring of Thai urban development. While the books primary focus is on the first five reigns of the Chakri dynasty (1782-1910), the account extends backward and forward to reveal the continuing impact of Bangkok's ethnic minorities on Thai culture change, within the broader context of Thai development studies.

Thai Art: Currencies Of The ContemporaryThai Art: Currencies Of The Contemporary by Teh, David

Since the 1990s, Thai contemporary art has achieved international recognition, circulating globally by way of biennials, museums, and commercial galleries. Many Thai artists have shed identification with their nation; but "Thainess" remains an interpretive crutch for understanding their work. In this book, the curator and critic David Teh examines the tension between the global and the local in Thai contemporary art. Writing the first serious study of Thai art since 1992, he describes the competing claims to contemporaneity, as staked in Thailand and on behalf of Thai art elsewhere.

Unquiet Kingdom: Thailand In TransitionUnquiet Kingdom: Thailand In Transition by Ghosh, Nirmal

From exuberant rallies on Bangkok's shopping streets to tear-gasfilled alleyways echoing with gunshots, from democracy-debating farmers to kitten-fostering Buddhist nuns, this is a gripping portrait of Thailand's many faces, revealing the complexities of a country that is far more than its tranquil tourist-brochure stereotype. Veteran journalist Nirmal Ghosh takes readers past the serene facade of Thailand's steadily-cruising economy and undaunted tourism industry. He exposes the uncertainty of a country in the throes of transition, a deeply-divided land that has just lost a father. The military seems resolved to clamp the lid on a restless country - but how long it can do this remains an open question.

Bamboo RoadBamboo Road by Bennet, Anne

Thailand 1942: Sirinya and her family are members of the Thai underground, who risk their lives to resist the World War Two Japanese occupation and to and help British prisoners of war building the Thai-Burma railway. The events of those years have repercussions for decades to come. The book tells Sirinya's wartime story and how in the 1970s she returns to Kanchanaburi after a long absence abroad, to settle old scores from the war years. Bamboo Road is volume three in a Southeast Asian WWII trilogy that includes Bamboo Heart and Bamboo Island (the books may be read in any order).

Mammals Of South-East AsiaMammals Of South-East Asia by Francis, Charles M.

This compact, easy-to-use identification guide describes 192 species of mammals found in South-east Asia, covering each major genus. The book features thumbnail silhouettes, a regional distribution map, and up-to-date tips on the best wildlife localities. Illustrated with clear color photography and brief but authoritative descriptions the Pocket Photo Guides highlight the species of animals from each region that the traveler is most likely to see, as well as those that are truly endemic (only to be seen in that country or region) or special rarities. The genuine pocket size allow the books to be carried around on trips and excursions and will take up minimal backpack and suitcase space.

Call To Action, A: Thailand And The Sustainable Development GoalsCall To Action, A: Thailand And The Sustainable Development Goals by Baxter, Will; N. Grossman & N. Wegner (Eds.)

This timely and highly relevant volume takes an in depth look at how Thailand is positioned to achieve the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development launched by the United Nations in 2016. The book is divided into 17 chapters - one for each of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - that examine Thailand's strategies, progress and areas for improvement on issues such as climate change, public health, poverty reduction, sustainable industry, clean energy production and ecosystem management. Highlighting both success stories and cautionary tales, the editors seek to draw readers a comprehensive picture of Thailand's progress on achieving the SDG targets.

Heritage And Identity In Contemporary Thailand: Memory, Place And PowerHeritage And Identity In Contemporary Thailand: Memory, Place And Power by King, Ross

Using Thailand as a case study, Ross King examines the role of place in the formation of identity through memory. Employing the idea of French historian Pierre Nora that because we no longer live in environments of memory-places where the past is still vividly alive-we compensate by attaching ourselves to sites of memory, King explores whether Thailand offers an alternative vision, a place where modernity and heritage coexist. He looks closely at the myths of ancient Thai cities, the remaining royal palaces, historical monuments, small towns and villages, and the proliferating slums of Bangkok in order to create a unique and nuanced perspective of contemporary Thailand and its many ideas of Thai identity.

30 Useful Herbs & Spices Of Thailand: A Guide To Their Characteristics And Uses In Cooking And Healing30 Useful Herbs & Spices Of Thailand: A Guide To Their Characteristics And Uses In Cooking And Healing by Tan, Hugh T. W.

Thai cuisine is famed for the complexity and delicacy of its flavours, largely the result of the herbs and spices used. Surprisingly, only thirty or so are needed. It is the ingenious combination of these ingredients that makes Thai food so distinctive. At the same time that these herbs and spices add flavor and fragrance, they bring natural curative properties that have been recognized for their efficacy in traditional practice through the ages. Each herb or spice in this book is described in terms of its botanical characteristics, its culinary and medicinal uses (and other notable applications), and how it should be handled and stored to best preserve its qualities. In addition, a selection of classic recipes shows how the various ingredients are brought together harmoniously in authentic Thai fare.

Principles Of Thai Business LawPrinciples Of Thai Business Law by Stasi, Alessandro

Principles of Thai Business Law is aimed at students, researchers, and practitioners who wish to familiarize themselves with the legal environment for their academic or professional activities. It offers both a comprehensive overview and selected details of contemporary business law in Thailand in a clear and straightforward manner. The book is built up in several layers, starting from the general rule to the gradually more specific ones. Chapters encompass not only the legal system, starting from the Civil and Commercial Code and emphasizing the substantial changes that have been introduced in the past decades, but also the deep influence of doctrine and case law. The areas of business law covered include legal persons, things, property and real rights, intellectual property, contract, tort, businesses and companies, and employment law-a knowledge of which is essential in doing business in Thailand.

Meeting Of Masks, A: Status, Power And Hierarchy In BangkokMeeting Of Masks, A: Status, Power And Hierarchy In Bangkok by Sophorntavy Vorng

A fresh understanding of the ongoing Thai political conflict is offered by this highly accessible ethnographic study, which explores the connections between status, space, and social life in Bangkok. The author argues that the notion of the 'urban-rural divide' popularly used to describe the conflict obscures a more complex reality in which city and countryside are linked by reciprocal relations within both urban and national systems of status and class. This is clearly discernible in the nature of everyday interclass relations in Bangkok, which have been exacerbated by diminishment and marginalization of upcountry Thais by the urban middle classes. It is an incendiary dynamic that has been exploited to tremendous effect in the current political power struggle. The author further explores how middle-class culture and identity are drawn in large part from their understandings of status practices of elites. Structural constraints and the societal privileging of wealth and connections are constant challenges to middle-class aspirations for upward mobility. This disenchantment has been channelled into a churning politics of resentment with demonstrably explosive potential. Ultimately, however, the author argues that this discontent will contribute little to reform while the majority of individuals feel their only avenue for social mobility is to negotiate a pre-existing system that many perceive as unjust.

Charismatic Monks Of Lanna BuddhismCharismatic Monks Of Lanna Buddhism by Cohen, Paul T. (Ed.)

Lanna Buddhism is a variant of Theravada Buddhism that evolved between the 13th and 16th centuries in northern Thailand and spread to neighbouring areas of the Upper Mekong region. A salient feature is the belief in charismatic monks, some of whom are renowned for their asceticism, supernatural powers and strivings to recreate a utopian 'Buddha-land'. Issues highlighted in the book are the relationship of these charismatic monks to the state and state-controlled monkhood (sangha), the tendency for religious construction to spill over into economic development activities, and the diversity of lowland and highland devotional communities from Thailand and Myanmar. The book also explores contemporary influences on this religious tradition: the continuing marginalization of highland minorities and consequent devotion to messianic leaders, the incorporation for Lanna holy men into a national constellation of popular charismatic monks, the commercialization of Buddhism, and the patronage of wealthy urban elites. Charismatic Monks of Lanna Buddhism will appeal to scholars within the fields of Buddhist studies, Thai studies and the anthropology of religion as well as to those with an interest in the study of contemporary religious change in Thailand.

First Queer Voices From Thailand: Uncle Go's Advice Columns For Gays, Lesbians And KathoeysFirst Queer Voices From Thailand: Uncle Go's Advice Columns For Gays, Lesbians And Kathoeys by Jackson, Peter A.

This is a fully revised and substantially expanded edition of Peter Jackson's highly regarded pioneering study of an Asian gay culture, Male Homosexuality in Thailand (1989). The hero of Jackson's fascinating narrative is "Uncle Go", which was the pen name of a popular magazine editor who, despite being avowedly heterosexual, was tolerant of all sexual practices and whose "agony uncle" columns in the 1970s provided unique spaces in the national press for Thailand's gays, lesbians and transgenders (kathoeys) to speak for themselves in the public domain. Peter Jackson translates and analyses selected correspondence published in Uncle Go's advice columns, preserving and presenting important primary sources. In this new edition, Jackson has expanded his coverage to include not only letters from Thai gay men, but also those from lesbians and transgenders.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2016 #08: Rural Thailand: Change And ContinuityTrends In Southeast Asia 2016 #08: Rural Thailand: Change And Continuity by Porphant Ouyyanont

Despite rapid industrialization in Thailand, the contribution of agriculture to GDP remains unusually high. The share of agricultural employment in total employment has also remained high, relative to the country's income level, as has the share of the rural population relative to the total population. Agribusiness has grown significantly, and there has been a rise in the number of large and strongly financed commercial farms that are less labour intensive. Contract farming has also been developing. The introduction of a rice premium by the government obstructed the modernization of the agricultural rice sector and caused the rice share in GDP to steadily decline, while that for upland crops such as cassava, maize, sugarcane, and oil palm increased. However, rice remains the most important crop. The high proportion of the population still living in rural areas and working in the agricultural sector attests to the resilience of that sector in the face of industrialization.

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

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.

Royal Siamese State Railway Southern Line 1917Royal Siamese State Railway Southern Line 1917 by

Royal Siamese State Railway Southern Line 1917 is a compilation of various works. The areas dealt with include Souvenir of the Opening of the Royal Siamese State Railway, Southern Line, 1917; Royal State Railways Siam, Southern Line, 1915; Photographs Relating to the Siamese Railway, 1898-1904; Railway Stations; and Thirtieth Annual Report on the Administration of the Royal State Railways, 1917, among others.

Traditional Thai Medicine: Buddhism, Animism, Yoga, AyurvedaTraditional Thai Medicine: Buddhism, Animism, Yoga, Ayurveda by Salguero, C. Pierce

This book presents readers with the definitive overview of the history and contemporary practice of TTM. This is an updated, re-organized, and mostly re-written edition of the 2007 book that provided English-language readers with the first comprehensive overview of traditional Thai medicine in print. The culmination of two decades of field study, academic research, and teaching experience, this book approaches TTM from an academic perspective, but it is geared toward practitioners, tourists, and general readers. It provides a broad-brush history of Thai medicine from ancient times to the present day, and describes in detail the unique synthesis of healing practices that is found today across Thailand. The author demonstrates that traditional Thai medicine is not a timeless static tradition, but rather a dynamic and syncretic combination of multiple cultural influences, including Theravada Buddhism, Ayurveda, yoga, Tantra, Chinese medicine, Western tourism, and indigenous spirit religions.

Geek In Thailand, A: Discovering The Land Of Golden Buddhas, Pad Thai And KickboxingGeek In Thailand, A: Discovering The Land Of Golden Buddhas, Pad Thai And Kickboxing by Houton, Jody

A Geek in Thailand is a light-hearted but perceptive look at one of the world's most visited countries from the viewpoint of a young foreign resident. More than just a Thai travel guide, it offers a concise but insightful take on Thailand for tourists, expats, would-be expats, and others-anyone, in fact, with an interest in visiting or learning about the Land of Smiles. Subjects range from the touchstones of Thai culture and history, such as its politics and economy, Buddhism and folklore, to chapters on traditional Thai design and craftsmanship, including its highly acclaimed architecture and fine silk textiles.

New Thai StyleNew Thai Style by Freeman, Michael (Photo); Kim Inglis (Text)

Thai Style is renowned throughout the world for its grace, form and colours, reflecting wider national culture. Whether pavilion-style architecture, elegant interior designs, innovative use of textiles and materials, Thai Style manages to combine cultural traditions with skilled craftsmanship and modern interpretations. A number of carefully selected homes, resorts, hotels and residences are featured in New Thai Style - a cornucopia of all that is new and exciting in confident, thrusting Thailand's design scene.

Year In The 'Kok, AYear In The 'Kok, A by Crazy Horse

A novel of Bangkok nights ripped straight from the nightlife of Bangkok city centre. You step straight off the plane into a strange new world of all-night go-go bars, mamasans, and the most beautiful willing girls in the world. Crazy Horse is the pen-name of an expat from North America. He has been living and writing in Asia for over 10 years and is best known as the author of the "Western Man in Asia" blog. He has also written and directed movies for Hollywood.