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Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Thailand

Edited by: Pavin Chachavalpongpun

Print publication date:  November  2019
Online publication date:  October  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138558410
eBook ISBN: 9781315151328
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315151328
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Book description

The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Thailand is a timely survey and assessment of the state of contemporary Thailand. While Thailand has changed much in the past decades, this handbook proposes that many of its problems have remained intact or even persistent, particularly problems related to domestic politics. It underlines emerging issues at this critical juncture in the kingdom and focuses on the history, politics, economy, society, culture, religion and international relations of the country.

A multidisciplinary approach, with chapters written by experts on Thailand, this handbook is divided into the following sections.

  • History
  • Political and economic landscape
  • Social development
  • International relations

Designed for academics, students, libraries, policymakers and general readers in the field of Asian studies, political science, economics and sociology, this invaluable reference work provides an up-to-date account of Thailand and initiates new discussion for future research activities.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Thailand in the longue durée Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Thai historiography Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Economic development of post-war Thailand  Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The two faces of democracy Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The logic of Thailand’s royalist coups d’état Download PDF
Chapter  7:  The development of the hybrid regime Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Securing an alternative army Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The monarchy and succession  Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Lèse-majesté within Thailand’s regime of intimidation Download PDF
Chapter  11:  From the Yellow Shirts to the whistle rebels Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Mass politics and the Red Shirts  Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Judiciary and judicialisation in Thailand Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Local government and intergovernmental relations in Thailand Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Thai state formation and the political economy of the middle-income trap Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Thailand’s corporate sector and international trade Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Industrialisation, technological upgrading, and innovation Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Transport and the Thai state Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Thai identity and nationalism Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Money and politics in Buddhist Sangha in modern Thailand Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Buddhism and power Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Secularisation, secularism, and the Thai state Download PDF
Chapter  23:  The southern conflict Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Class, race, and uneven development in Thailand Download PDF
Chapter  25:  The politics, economics and cultural borrowing of Thai higher education reforms Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The state of human rights in the aftermath of the 2014 military coup d’état Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Sex and gender diversity Download PDF
Chapter  28:  The social media Download PDF
Chapter  29:  NGOs and civil society in Thailand Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Environmental politics in Thailand Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Thailand’s foreign policy Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Beyond bamboo diplomacy Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Thailand and the Great Powers Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Thailand’s foreign policy towards neighbouring countries and ASEAN Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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