National Identity and Its Defenders
Written in the aftermath of the 1997 Asian financial crisis, a new chapter reflects on the way older concepts of Thai identity were transformed by the economic boom as well as by the financial crisis that followed. Topics include the debates among public intellectuals about the perils and opportunities of globalization, the dynamic relationship between local and global knowledge, and perceived challenges to Thailand's sovereignty, all of which have deep roots in the country's modern history.
"The theme underlying most of the contributions is that the concept of Thai identity, with its disarming ring of transcendence and permanence, has a specific history and conditions of existence. . . . The book is an important contribution to a much needed assessment of the construction of Thai national identity."—Journal of Southeast Asian Studies
"Contributors discuss the political, socio-linguistic, historical, and cultural implications in the construction of national identity. . . . The book raises interesting questions on the discursive relationship between Thai identity, the state, and nationhood."—Asian Studies Review
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