RISE AND FALL OF THE THAI ABSOLUTE MONARCHY
: Foundations of the Modern Thai State from Feudalism to Peripheral Capitalism
Studies in Contemporary Thailand No. 2
by Chaiyan Rajchagool
Book order code : E 21 712
This is no ordinary study of nation building. It differs markedly in
its theoretical approach from existing studies of Thailand. In the mid-nineteenth
century, Siam was no more than a loose grouping of petty states and
principalities, lacking well-defined borders and a centralized power
structure. Yet within a period of forty years a unified state had emerged.
How and why had this happened? Those are the questions addressed by
this penetrating study. It is central to the authors argument
that the form of the new state was the absolute monarchy. He analyzes
the socioeconomic conditions that existed at the time of Siams
early contact with Western economic and colonial forces and examines
the ways in which political and administrative control gradually came
to be held by the Bangkok-based monarchy. The author also addresses
the question of why, within another forty years, the absolute monarchy
had been replaced by a constitutional monarchy.
(Bangkok 1994) ISBN 974-8495-10-4
229 pp.,150 x 210 mm
THE CHINESE VEGETARIAN FESTIVAL IN PHUKET
: Religion, Ethnicity and Tourism
on a southern Thai Island
Studies in Contemporary Thailand
by Cohen, Erik
Book order code : E 22 244
This vegetarian festival is the most popular and complex religious event
in southern Thailand. In this richly illustrated work, Erik Cohen presents
a detailed ethnography of the festival based on extended fieldwork conducted
in the course of the 1990s. The focus of Cohen's analysis is the interrelationship
between the dynamics of the festival, Chinese ethnicity in contemporary
Thailand and the development of tourism on the island of Phuket. The
study shows that, though the festival expanded considerably in recent
times and became increasingly spectacular, its fundamental structure
manifests a surprising degree of continuity, even as its meaning increasingly
changes from a devotional ritual to a public spectacle. Surprisingly,
however, the growing popularity of the festival is due less to foreign
tourism on the island, and more to a growing attraction of the festival
for the Thai and foreign Chinese believers and visitors, in quest of
an "authentic" Chinese festival which cannot be seen anymore
even in contemporary China.
(Bangkok 2001) ISBN 974-7534-89-4
299 pp. 64 pp. color illus., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.
TOURISM: Hill Tribes, Islands and opened-ended Prostitution.
Studies in Contemporary Thailand No. 4
by Cohen, Erik
Book order code : E 21 857
This book brings together almost two decades of Erik Cohens studies
on different aspects of tourism in Thailand. A broad introductory review
of the principal recent trends and transformations in Thai tourism is
followed by in-depth studies of three tourist domains: ethnic tourism
in the hill tribe area of northern Thailand, vacationing tourism on
the islands of southern Thailand and sex tourism in Bangkok. These studies
are based on extensive field work and set within the theoretical framework
of contemporary sociology of tourism, on which the author is a leading
(Bangkok 2001, 2nd printing) ISBN974-8496-67-8
409 pp., 150 x 215 mm, pbk.
PLACE IS THIS?
Malay Rubber Producers and Thai Government Officials in Yala
Studies in Contemporary Thailand No. 5
by Cornish, Andrew
Book order code : E 21 938
A detailed case study of ethnic conflict in a development scheme in
southern Thailand. The book describes the interactions between Malay
rubber producers in Yala province and local Thai government officials
who sought to establish and promote a co-operative rubber marketing
project. Using the results of ethnographic fieldwork carried out near
Thailands southern border, the author outlines the historical
background to the regions cultural diversity. After an investigation
of the operations of the local bureaucracy, the focus shifts to two
Malay communities to show how they participated in the governments
marketing scheme. One group enjoyed profits and success, while the others
efforts ended in failure, yet the author argues that both display common
elements in the struggle for control of material and cultural resources
at the local level. The results provide a broader hypothesis about the
nature of Malay resistance to Thai rule, and the place of minorities
in modern Thailand.
(Bangkok 1997) ISBN 974-8496-70-8
146 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT IN THAILAND
: Challenges and Opportunities
Studies in Contemporary Thailand No. 11
by Dearden, Philip (Editor)
Book order code : E 22 291
This volume of edited conference proceedings targets many of the key
problems now facing Thailand. For almost a decade Thailand enjoyed world-leading
economic growth rates. But this short-term growth also concealed long-term
costs to the social and environmental fabric of the country. This book
contains a wide selection of papers that address issues relating to
rural development and both marine and terrestrial environmental protection.
It starts with an overview of some of the current challenges facing
Thailand and finishes with a plea for the need to "Walk the Middle
Path" towards future development. In between there are chapters
ranging from the impacts of aquaculture through to cash crop development
in the highlands and the current state of the marine park system in
Thailand. The book will be indispensable reading for anyone with an
interest in natural resource management, environment and sustainable
development in Thailand.
(Bangkok 2002) ISBN 974-4800-03-8
458 pp., 20 pp. illus. in color, 150 x 210 mm, pbk.
ARTS IN CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVE
Studies in Contemporary Thailand No.7
by Howard, Michael C., Wattana Wattanapun & Alec Gordon
Book order code : E 22 026
The papers contained in this book examine a variety of forms of artistic
expression, including weaving and fashion, carving, painting, and dancing,
as well as boxing. The chapters are written by academics and artists
and the volume as a whole reflects a blending of the perspectives of
those who study the arts and those who practice them. While the focus
is on the arts of Tai peoples in Thailand, attention is also paid
to Tais in the neighboring countries of Laos, Burma, China, and
Vietnam. Such a geographical spread reflects a growing interest in the
comparative study of Tai-speaking peoples living in different
political and social settings in an effort to better understand common
themes in Tai culture and how it has evolved throughout the region.
The chapters are accompanied by ninety-three color photos that provide
a pictorial survey of the forms of artistic expression among Tai
(Bangkok 1998) ISBN 974-8434-28-1
251 pp., 72 pp. color illus., 150 x 210 mm., pbk.
AUTHORITY AND LOCAL DEMOCRATIZATION IN THAILAND
A Case Study from Chachoengsao Province
Studies in Contemporary Thailand No. 6
by Nelson, Michael H.
Book order code : E 22 022
This book contributes to a political theory of contemporary Thailand.
This study does not accept the demise of the bureaucratic polity, rather,
center-periphery differences are emphasized as the bureaucratic polity
is very much alive in the countryside. The institutional aspects of
bureaucratic dominance, integration of the subdistrict level into the
central hierarchy, the introduction of elections of subdistrict and
village headmen and the often neglected provincial administrative organization
are emphasized. The question whether there already exists a politically
aware audience, indispensable as a countervailing force to the bureaucracy,
is addressed by focusing on the widely used practice of electoral influence
peddling and vote-buying. These questions are treated in the context
of two major political changes in Thailand: decentralization and a reform
of the relationship between the political system and the citizens.
(Bangkok 1998) ISBN 972-8434-17-6
346 pp., 24 pp. illus.,150 x 210 mm, pbk .
THE POLITICS OF RUINS AND THE BUSINESS OF NOSTALGIA
in Contemporary Thailand No. 10
by Peleggi, Maurizio
Book order code : E 22 273
This book investigates the theory and practice of heritage conservation
in Thailand, focusing in particular on the period from the mid-1970s
to the late 1990s. Although the trend towards historic preservation
first appeared in Thailand at the end of the nineteenth century and
was further promoted by the nationalist regime of the 1940s and 1950s,
it has become a major governmental undertaking since 1977, when the
first historical park projects were launched. National pride and international
awareness of Thailand's cultural heritage have increased considerably
in recent times. This monograph questions the commonplace glorification
of historic sites as tangible signs of the past glory of the Thai nation.
The state-sponsored material and discursive practices that have led
to the institutionalization of Thailand's national heritage are examined,
along with their contestation by elements of civil society, vis-a-vis
the process of political and social change. The book also analyzes the
commodification and consumption of heritage sites as tourist attractions,
as well as the linkage between the promotional narratives of tourism
advertising and the official historical narrative of the Thai nation.
(Bangkok 2001) ISBN 974-7534-95-9
110 pp., 150 x 210 mm, pbk.
NO MORE? LIVELIHOOD AND ENVIRONMENT IN SOUTHERN THAI MARITIME VILLAGES
Studies in Contemporary Thailand No. 8
by Ruohomaki, Olli-Pekka
Book order code : E 22 058
Studies in Contemporary Thailand No. 8 is an ethnographic account of
the social and economic transformation of coastal villages in Phangnga
Bay, Southern Thailand. The Andaman Sea region of Southern Thailand
has been involved in the rapid transformation of the regional economy
for over a decade and the repercussions of this transformation are very
visible in the coastal villages of Phangnga Bay. Part of this transformation
has meant that fishing is no longer the sole source of income for village
households, but that a host of other activities compete with fishing
and provide better opportunities for individuals who are prepared to
engage in new activities. The changes in the source and patterns of
livelihood that are taking place in Phangnga Bay villages are a graphic,
at times almost grotesque, illustration of a social process occuring
throughout the Southern Thai coast.
(Bangkok 1999) ISBN 974-8434-60-5
310 pp., 8 pp. color illus., 2 maps, 150 x 210 mm,pbk.