Dynamic diversity in Southern Thailand
"The twelve articles making up this volume examine a wide range of social, political, and economic issues in southern Thailand, focusing on particular questions such as: Is Islam compatible with Thai nationalism and the ideals of the Thai state? What features make southern Thai politics unique? What are some social consequences of top-down development projects in the South? How has subregional development affected southern Thailand? To what extent are women involved in community development in the South? Other articles investigate the consumption practices in a rural border community, the nang talung shadow puppet theater, the Hat Yai Vegetarian Festival, the feminization of nora spirit mediumship, a Dhamma walk around Lake Songkhla to highlight ecological concerns, the social relationship network of the Baba Chinese business community in Phuket, and the cultural construction of a Thai community across the border in Kelantan." "The wide range of issues and ideas presented in this collection reveal the unique character of the region and the variety of cultures that contribute to its dynamic diversity."--BOOK JACKET.
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A Preliminary Overview
Southerners Tell Stories about
Consuming Modernity in a Border Community
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activities areas Asian Studies audience Baba Chinese baht Ban Bo Bangkok border provinces Buddhist C. S. Hotel ceremony changes Chinese-ness clowns Conference on Southern context Current Social Transformations development projects Dhamma Walk economic edited ethnic Experiencing Southern Thailand female Ganthawee gender global groups Growth Triangle household identity important IMT-GT Inter-Dialogue Conference involved Islam Kelantan Kelantanese Thai Kittisak leaders Malay Muslims Malaysia modern monkhood monks Muslim nai nang Nakhon Si Thammarat nang talung Narathiwat Province networks Nine Emperor Gods nora officials organized Paper presented Paritta participation Pattani Penang People's Perspectives performers Phatthalung Phatthalung Province Phra Phuket political practice problems region religious rice ritual role rural Sattri shrine Singapore Songkhla Lake Songkhla Province South Southeast Asia southern Thai spirit mediums status stories Su-ngai Kolok subregional television temple Thai society Thai villages tourism traditional Trang Transformations from People's University Vegetarian Festival women