Bangkok, May 2010: Perspectives on a Divided Thailand

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Michael J Montesano, Pavin Chachavalpongpun, Aekapol Chongvilaivan
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2012 - Political Science - 351 pages
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After a two-month stand-off between Red Shirt protestors and the government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, violence and arson scarred central Bangkok in mid-May 2010. This shocking turn of events underlined how poorly understood the deep divisions in the society and politics of Thailand remained, even five years into the country’s prolonged crisis. This volume collects analysis and commentary on those divisions from an unusually large and prominent group of Thai and foreign scholars and observers of the country. Contributions examine socio-economic, political, diplomatic, historical, cultural, and ideological issues with rare frankness, clarity, and lack of jargon.
 

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Contents

Seeking Perspective on a SlowBurn Civil War by Michael J Montesano
1
Matichon Weekly 28 May 2010 by Nidhi Eoseewong
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11 June 2010 by James Stent
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An Open Letter to Dr Kanit Na Nakorn 16 July 2010 by Tyrell Haberkorn
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5THE IMPACT OF THE RED SHIRT RALLIES ON THE THAI ECONOMY by Aekapol Chongvilaivan
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A Statistical Analysis by Ammar Siamwalla and Somchai Jitsuchon
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Thailands Democratministered State and the Negation of Red Shirt Politics by Marc Askew
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8 A NEW POLITICS OF DESIRE AND DISINTEGRATION IN THAILAND by Chairat Charoensinolarn
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Thailands Deep Crisis of Authority by Charles Keyes
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16 TWO CHEERS FOR RALLY POLITICS by Duncan McCargo
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From Partner to Problem by Ann Marie Murphy
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Revolt of the Downtrodden or Conflict among Elites? by Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker
214
An Autoethnography of Economicand Political Transitions in a Northeastern Thai Village by Pattana Kitiarsa
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The United States Position in the Thai Crisis by Pavin Chachavalpongpun
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21THE SOCIAL BASES OF AUTOCRATIC RULE IN THAILAND by Craig J Reynolds
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A Grand Gesture to History Justice and Accountability by David Streckfuss
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9 NOTES TOWARDS AN UNDERSTANDING OF THAI LIBERALISM by Michael K Connors
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10 THAILANDS CLASSLESS CONFLICT by Shawn W Crispin
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Making Reconciliation Mean Something by Federico Ferrara
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An Awakening of Popular Political Consciousness for Rights? by David Fullbrook
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13 CLASS INEQUALITY AND POLITICS by Kevin Hewison
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14 THAILANDS ROCKY PATH TOWARDS A FULLFLEDGED DEMOCRACY by Kasit Piromya
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23 NO WAY FORWARD BUT BACK? Reemergent Thai Falangism Democracy and the New Red Shirt Social Movement by Jim Taylor
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24 FLYING BLIND by Danny Unger
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25 THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF THAILANDS MIDDLEINCOME PEASANTS by Andrew Walker
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26 ROYAL SUCCESSION AND THE EVOLUTION OF THAI DEMOCRACY by Andrew Walker
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INDEX
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•Michael J. Montesano is Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore.
•Pavin Chachavalpongpun is Fellow and Lead Researcher for Political and Strategic Affairs in the ASEAN Studies Centre at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore.
•Aekapol Chongvilaivan is Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore.

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