State	and	Uncivil	Society	in	Thailand	at	the	Temple	of	Preah	Vihear

State and Uncivil Society in Thailand at the Temple of Preah Vihear

by Puangthong R. Pawakapan

Since it began in 2008, the dispute over the temple of Preah Vihear and its adjacent area has envenomed Thai-Cambodian relations. Puangthong R. Pawakapan argues that initially Thai-Cambodian cooperation on the temple had begun within the framework of Thailand’s strategy to become a regional economic centre and leader. It was the first time in Southeast Asia that two formerly antagonistic states were employing cultural methods to settle a territorial dispute and turned it into a symbol of friendship and cooperation between the two countries. But the ultra-nationalist movement derailed this essay in cooperation. Instead, the temple became a symbol of hatred between the two countries. The ultra-nationalists’ success has to be attributed to the support it enjoyed from various civic groups and institutions.

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Preliminary pages
1. Introduction
2. The Post-Cold War Regional Integration
3. Thai-Cambodian Cooperation on the Preah Vihear Temple
4. Uncivil Society in Polarized Politics
5. Conclusion
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  • Number of Pages : 125
  • Publisher : Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
  • Weight : 200g
  • Product Code : 9789814459907
  • Dimension : 152 x 229 mm

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Puangthong R. Pawakapan

Puangthong R. Pawakapan is Associate Professor in the International Relations Department, Chulalongkorn University.