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"We Love Mr King": Malay Muslims Of Southern Thailand In The Wake Of The Unrest by Anusorn Unno

This book is an ethnography of the Malay Muslims of Guba, a pseudonymous village in Thailand's Deep South, in the wake of the unrest that was primarily reinvigorated in 2004. It argues that the unrest is the effect of the way in which different forms of sovereignty converge around the residents of this region and the residents at the same time have cultivated themselves and obtained and enacted agency through the sovereigns. Rather than asking why the violence is increasing and who is behind it, like most scholarly works on the topic, it examines how different forms of sovereignty - ranging from the Thai state and the monarchy to Islamic religious movements, the insurgents and local strongmen - impose subjectivities on the residents, how they have converged in so doing and what tensions have followed, and how the residents have dealt with these tensions and cultivated themselves and obtained and enacted agency through the sovereigns.

Food Of Northern Thailand, TheFood Of Northern Thailand, The by Bush, Austin

The food of northern Thailand is a world away from the highly refined, royal court- and Chinese-influenced style of cooking in Bangkok--the Thai food that most of us are familiar with. It's a cuisine with its own distinct identity, one that is rustic and earthy, meaty and fragrant; one with roots in the Thai repertoire but with branches that extend into unfamiliar areas; a cuisine that feels ancient, but is ever evolving. A writer, photographer, and travel-guide writer, Austin Bush has lived in Thailand for nearly 20 years. In this book, Bush travels across northern Thailand to talk to the region's home cooks, academics, restaurateurs, writers, and hawkers. Their recipes and stories, along with Bush's photographs, capture the people, countryside, markets, and of course, dishes and cooking techniques of northern Thailand.

Anand Panyarachun And The Making Of Modern ThailandAnand Panyarachun And The Making Of Modern Thailand by Faulder, Dominic

Based on hundreds of interviews, this is the absorbing story of one of Thailand's most influential figures. Against a backdrop of political coups and violence, Cold War intrigue, and regional conflict, Anand Panyarachun reached the pinnacle of Thailand's foreign service, and twice served as an unelected prime minister. In this comprehensive biography, veteran journalist Dominic Faulder describes Anand's formative years in a still bucolic Bangkok and postwar England, his long tenure in North America as permanent representative to the United Nations and ambassador to the US, his unexpected terms as prime minister, his vital role in the attempt to bring lasting constitutional reform to Thailand, and more.

People + Places: Exploring The Living Heritage Of Songkhla Old TownPeople + Places: Exploring The Living Heritage Of Songkhla Old Town by Widodo, Johannes; Nikhil Joshi Et Al

The 'living' heritage is closely associated with a community. To manage this dynamic heritage, it is not only necessary to look beyond the established heritage frameworks developed by experts, but also to empower communities so that they can maintain and even enhance their 'own' heritage. "People + places" is a fully illustrated book that offers participatory ways in the form of community mapping for exploring the relationship between the people and places of the Songkhla Old Town. This book analyses and summarises the social, cultural and economic assets directly related to of the old town as identified with the assistance of the locals. It also contains a detailed metric survey of two historic buildings in Songkhla old town - Railway station and a historic shophouse to raise public awareness and appreciation of Songkhla's rich and varied built heritage. This is an essential book for community architects and architects, city planners, urban designers, heritage groups, and anyone else concerned with public engagement in cultural heritage management.

Inside The House Of The RajaInside The House Of The Raja by Comas, Xavier

Forgotten in Thailand's troubled Deep South, on the border of Muslim Malaysia, stands a dilapidated wooden palace once home to a Malay ruler, the last of his dynasty. Locals call it the House of the Raja, a place suffused with loss and solitude, laden with the region s glorious past and tragic present. Intrigued by this demonised, yet little-known borderland, Xavier Comas chanced upon this mysterious house. Crossing the doorway, he fell under its spell and felt compelled to delve into its past. The caretaker, a Muslim shaman who held rituals inside, invited the author to stay and initiated him into its hidden dimensions. As he builds a bond of trust with the inhabitants of the house, the missing pieces of its history gently fall into place, revealing an ancient culture long hidden and the building s ties to the centuries-old struggles in this contested region. Comas evocative story take us into a realm of hauntings, mystic powers and fading memories. His first-hand account enthralls the reader with vivid descriptions in which the real and the magical entwine. Inside the House of the Raja provides a missing key to controversial issues of legacy, belief and identity in Thailand s Muslim South.

Early Missionaries In Bangkok: The Journals Of Tomlin, Gutzlaff And Abeel 1828-1832Early Missionaries In Bangkok: The Journals Of Tomlin, Gutzlaff And Abeel 1828-1832 by Farrington, Anthony (Ed.)

Early Missionaries in Bangkok brings together the journals of Tomlin, of the London Missionary Society at that time; Gutzlaff, a German with some medical training and connected with the Netherlands Missionary Society; and Abeel, appointed by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Their experiences and observations are among the very few glimpses of Bangkok and its Chinese community in the early nineteenth century during the reign of King Rama III, as seen through "Western" eyes and recorded in the more enduring part of their journals. The extensive passages devoted purely to biblical quotations and Christian moralizing have been omitted. Anthony Farrington's introduction sets the journals in historical context.

Thai Military Power: A Culture Of Strategic AccomodationThai Military Power: A Culture Of Strategic Accomodation by Raymond, Gregory Vincent

Thailand remains important by virtue of its location at the centre of the Asia-Pacific region, an area playing a vital role in world affairs. And yet, although Thailand has a comparatively large population and has powerful military forces performing significant roles in state and society, the country itself is seen as having little military power; it is a minor player. Why is this? Using strategic culture as an analytical framework, this book produces a portrait of the Thai state as an accommodative actor. During the period of Western imperial dominance in Asia, Thailand `bent in the wind' to preserve its independence by a limited trading of territory and sovereignty. This accommodative policy continues to the present day in different forms. A key feature is that military organisational culture reinforces a state ideology of royalist nationalism that in turn reinforces the national strategic culture. Significant here is internal political acceptance of not just military domination in civil-military relations but also of the Thai military's limitations in state-on-state combat.

Economic Conditions Of North-Eastern Siam (1929)Economic Conditions Of North-Eastern Siam (1929) by Ministry Of Commerce And Communications

The Economic Conditions of North-Eastern Siam is the report of the first economic survey of Isan, conducted by Reginald Stuart Le May in 1929. Prior to 1929, not much was known of neglected Northeast Siam, previously called Laos. The population, almost 4 million, 1/3rd of the Kingdom's, was primarily ethnically Lao and Khmer. Le May's work, the result of provincial-level questionnaires, provides foundational knowledge of the contours of economic life in this neglected region just as Siam's 1932 constitutional revolution took place. Leedom Lefferts wrote the introduction and compares the work with Carle C. Zimmermann's Siam: Rural Economic Survey 1930-1931 (Available as a White Lotus Press reprint).

Consul In Paradise: Seventy-Four Years In SiamConsul In Paradise: Seventy-Four Years In Siam by Wood, W. A. R.

Consul in Paradise describes a life full of interest, and a world that is now long past. Embracing all of Siamese life, we discover a racing stable with just one pony and Siam expertise in beetle fighting, the Siamese language and etiquette, and the nuances between the mountain tribes. It relates a distant period of diplomacy, a time when Wood's duties could include concocting love potions, exorcizing evil spirits (at one time from a rice bin), and creating huge straw hats to protect elephants from sunstroke. This evocative portrait of a corner of the British Empire, an entertaining encounter between Victorian Britain and Siam, "consists merely of a little of the froth collected by a cork which has floated for 68 years on the seas of Siamese and Anglo-Siamese life." This is a new edition of a charming memoir that combines humor, history, and an exploration of a culture that is as distant in time as place.

Bencharong: Chinese Porcelain For SiamBencharong: Chinese Porcelain For Siam by Rooney, Dawn F.

Bencharong, a unique class of Chinese export ware, was made exclusively for Thai royalty and the ruling elite in the late 18th and 19th centuries. Enamelled porcelain containers and dishes for the table and boudoir are resplendent in kaleidoscopic colors inspired by verdant, tropical vegetation. Lai Nam Thong ('gold-washed'), a variant, takes the opulence of this ware to a pinnacle by adding gold as an embellishment. Although Bencharong belongs both in place and time to the broader tradition of Chinese export art for the European and American markets, it is distinctively Thai in style and aesthetics. A wealth of lavish illustrations, many never before published, are visual revelations of Bencharong's splendor. The author traces the history of Bencharong from the renowned kilns of Jingdezhen to enamelling centres at coastal ports in southern China and its final destination - Ayutthaya and Bangkok.

Politics Of (No) Elections In Thailand, The: Lessons From The 2011 General ElectionPolitics Of (No) Elections In Thailand, The: Lessons From The 2011 General Election by Merieau, Eugenie (Ed.)

The book was borne out of the idea that the 2011 election represents a paradigm shift in the history of Thai electoral politics. Data collected by King Prajadhipok's Institute before and after the 2011 election, mostly through face-to-face interviews, came to substantiate this claim. The data paints a picture of a well-informed and mature Thai electorate in all parts of the kingdom. Contrary to the conclusions drawn by some earlier research, the data here shows that the most knowledgeable and most informed of all voters in Thailand are northeastern people, outperforming voters in Bangkok in their knowledge of the candidates and the issues by a significant margin. In other words, the scholars in this book argue against the traditional anti-election discourse, which assumes alleged ignorance on the part of Thai voters (especially in the Northeast) and compares provincial members of Parliament to wild animals.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #17: The Central Role Of Thailand's Internal Security Operations Command In The Post-Counter-Insurgency PeriodTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #17: The Central Role Of Thailand's Internal Security Operations Command In The Post-Counter-Insurgency Period by Puangthong R. Pawakapan

The Thai military's Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) was in charge of a wide range of civil affairs projects during the country's struggle with the communist insurgency between the mid-1960s and the mid-1980s. These projects provided justification for the military to routinely penetrate the socio-political sphere. Since the Cold War drew to a close, little attention has been paid to ISOC's role and power within the state apparatus. Since the coups of September 2006 and May 2014 that toppled the elected governments, ISOC has been dangerously empowered and increasingly employed by the military regimes to dictate the country's political direction. The power of the Thai military is exerted not only through its use of force but also by means of its socio-political arms. ISOC represents a potent tool with which conservative elites can undermine and control electoral democracy and through which the military can maintain its power.

Jim Thompson: The Thai Silk SketchbookJim Thompson: The Thai Silk Sketchbook by Warren, William (Text) Graham Byfield

When the renowned American businessman Jim Thompson disappeared on Easter Sunday 1967 in mysterious circumstances, the legend of this extraordinarily gifted designer and entrepreneur began. During a period of two decades, he had developed silk making from being a static village craft into a dynamic textile industry providing exquisite silks for both the Thai domestic and international markets. The house he built in Bangkok is a work of art in itself, furnished with his superb collection of Asian antiques and artifacts. This attractive book portrays the world of Jim Thompson with annotated sketches and fine watercolor paintings - exploring his life story; the house, now a museum; the history of silk; sericulture and silk making; and the company he established which today continues his work, producing some of the world's finest fabrics and designs.

Rise Of The Octobrists In Contemporary Thailand, The: Power And Conflict Among Former Left Wing Student Activists In Thai PoliticsRise Of The Octobrists In Contemporary Thailand, The: Power And Conflict Among Former Left Wing Student Activists In Thai Politics by Kanokrat Lertchoosakul

This book chronicles the history of the "Octobrist" students in Thai politics from the 1970s to the present. It examines the reasons why these former leftist student activists have managed to remain a significant force over the past three decades despite the collapse of left-wing politics in Thailand at both the national and international levels. At the same time, it asks why the Octobrists have become increasingly divided, particularly during the last decade's protracted conflict in Thai politics. In addition, it fills in gaps in studies of leftists in transition at the global level on the question of the historical development of leftist and progressive forces in the post-Cold War era. The book is also important for readers interested in social movement theory, demonstrating how it has influenced political actors outside the boundaries of typical social movements. Finally, political opportunity structure, resource mobilization theory, and the framing process are used to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the origins, emergence, and transformation of the Octobrists in contemporary Thai politics.

Regional Economic History Of Thailand, ARegional Economic History Of Thailand, A by Porphant Ouyyanont

This book presents an economic history of Bangkok, the Central Region, the North, the South, and Northeastern Regions from the signing of the Bowring Treaty in 1855 to the present. Most research has focused on Bangkok as the centre of change affecting other regions and has neglected other regions that had an influence on Bangkok. This book however looks at the changes not only in Bangkok, but also in the other regions, and emphasizes the ways in which Bangkok had an impact on the other regions, and how changes in the other regions affected Bangkok. It also looks, in turn, at each of the principal regions, and concentrate on the long-term economic and social changes and the various forces which promoted the changes.

Thailand's Sustainable Development: Sourcebook Issues & Information. Ideas & InspirationThailand's Sustainable Development: Sourcebook Issues & Information. Ideas & Inspiration by Grossman, Nicholas (Ed.)

This timely and topical book showcases Thailand's involvement in what many believe is the most important movement of recent times: the quest for sustainable development. Covering key challenges, ongoing efforts and potential solutions. It provides an incredible array of information, ideas and inspiration through more than 60 articles on the subject, written by experts in the field. Released to coincide with the launch of the United Nations' Post-2015 Development Agenda, this book demonstrates how one country's leaders and people, led by the example and works of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, are striving to meet the challenges and opportunities created by this emerging movement of our times.

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.