Bangkok,	May	2010:	Perspectives	on	a	Divided	Thailand

Bangkok, May 2010: Perspectives on a Divided Thailand

by Michael J Montesano

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 countrys 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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Preliminary pages
1. Introduction: Seeking Perspective on a Slow-Burn Civil War
2. The Culture of the Army, Matichon Weekly, 28 May 2010
3. Thoughts on Thailand's Turmoil, 11 June 2010
4. Truth and Justice When Fear and Repression Remain: An Open Letter to Dr Kanit Na Nakorn, 16 July 2010
5. The Impact of the Red Shirt Rallies on the Thai Economy
6. The Socio-Economic Bases of the Red/Yellow Divide: A Statistical Analysis
7. The Ineffable Rightness of Conspiracy: Thailand's Democrat-ministered State and the Negation of Red Shirt Politics
8. A New Politics of Desire and Disintegration in Thailand
9. Notes towards an Understanding of Thai Liberalism
10. Thailand's Classless Conflict
11. The Grand Bargain: Making "Reconciliation" Mean Something
12. Changing Thailand, an Awakening of Popular Political Consciousness for Rights?
13. Class, Inequality, and Politics
14. Thailand's Rocky Path towards a Full-Fledged Democracy
15. The Color of Politics: Thailand's Deep Crisis of Authority
16. Two Cheers for Rally Politics
17. Thai Foreign Policy in Crisis: From Partner to Problem
18. Thailand in Trouble: Revolt of the Downtrodden or Conflict among Elites?
19. From Red to Red: An Auto-ethnography of Economic and Political Transitions in a Northeastern Thai Village
20. The Rich, the Powerful and the Banana Man: The United States' Position in the Thai Crisis
21. The Social Bases of Autocratic Rule in Thailand
22. The Strategy of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship on "Double Standards": A Grand Gesture to History, Justice, and Accountability
23. No Way Forward but Back? Re-emergent Thai Falangism, Democracy, and the New "Red Shirt" Social Movement
24. Flying Blind
25. The Political Economy of Thailand's Middle-Income Peasants
26. Royal Succession and the Evolution of Thai Democracy
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  • Number of Pages : 351
  • Publisher : Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
  • Weight : 560g
  • Product Code : 9789814345354
  • Dimension : 152 x 229 mm

About Author

Michael J Montesano

Michael J. Montesano is Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore.