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Democracy and National Identity in Thailand

Democracy and National Identity in Thailand by Michael Kelly Connors
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This book seeks to illuminate how Thai elites have used democracy as an instrument for order and discipline. Drawing on interviews, numerous Thai language sources, and critical theory, the author reveals a remarkable adaptation of the idea of democracy in the Thai context. Connors shows how elites have drawn on Western political theory to design projects to create modern citizens. He argues that it is possible to see the idea and practice of elite liberal democracy in Thailand, and elsewhere, as a key ideological resource in the project of securing hegemony over undisciplined populations. In this perspective the ideas of civil society, civic virtue, social capital and democracy itself are all part of the weaponry deployed in an effort to create 'good citizens', who act as guardians of the elite defined common good.
Taylor and Francis; September 2003
288 pages; ISBN 9781134484362
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Title: Democracy and National Identity in Thailand
Author: Michael Kelly Connors
 
ISBNs
0203361636
9780203361634
9780415272308
9781134484348
9781134484362