2016/04/28
Vol.5, No.1, NARUEMON

Contents>> Vol. 5, No. 1 Contending Political Networks: A Study of the “Yellow Shirts” and “Red Shirts” in Thailand’s Politics Naruemon Thabchumpon* * นฤมล ทับจุมพล, Department of Government, Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, 254 Henri Dunant Road, Pratumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand e-mail: naruemon.t[at]chula.ac.th This essay investigates two bitter antagonists in the turbulent politics of contemporary Thailand: the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), with its members labeled the “Yellow Shirts,” and the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), or the “Red Shirts.” Each of the two foes, typically regarded only as a social movement, actually has a vast network connecting supporters from many quarters. The Yellow Shirt network is […]

2016/04/28
Vol.5, No.1, PASUK et al.

Contents>> Vol. 5, No. 1  Very Distinguished Alumni: Thai Political Networking Pasuk Phongpaichit,* Nualnoi Treerat,** and Chris Baker* *ผาสุก พงษ์ไพจิตร, based in Bangkok, Thailand Corresponding author (Baker)’s e-mail: chrispasuk[at]gmail.com **นวลน้อย ตรีรัตน์, Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand The creation of elite networks can be explicit and deliberate, especially as a strategy to sustain an oligarchic political system. In Thailand, because of rapid economic and social change, there are few of the established, seemingly natural frameworks for networking found in more settled societies. Those hopeful of joining the power elite come from widely differing backgrounds. Paths through education are very fragmented. There are no clubs and associations that […]

2014/08/28
Vol.3, No.2 Suehiro Akira

Contents>> Vol. 3, No. 2 Technocracy and Thaksinocracy in Thailand: Reforms of the Public Sector and the Budget System under the Thaksin Government Suehiro Akira* * 末廣 昭, Institute of Social Science, the University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan e-mail: asuehiro[at]iss.u-tokyo.ac.jp Thaksin Shinawatra seized power in 2001 and then was exiled from Thailand after the military coup d’etat in September 2006. He himself is still the focal point of serious political conflict taking place in contemporary Thailand. He has always been attacked by anti-Thaksin groups on account of the following reasons: extreme power concentration, the political style of Thaksinocracy, nepotism, corruption, and populism in favor of rural people. […]

2014/08/28
Vol.3, No.2 Pasuk Phongpaichit and Chris Baker

Contents>> Vol. 3, No. 2 A Short Account of the Rise and Fall of the Thai Technocracy Pasuk Phongpaichit* and Chris Baker** * ผาสุก พงษ์ไพจิตร, Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University, 254 Phayathai Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand Corresponding author’s e-mail: chrispasuk[at]gmail.com ** Independent Researcher, Thailand Thailand’s sustained growth from the 1960s to 1990s was often attributed to a strong technocracy relatively free of political influence. Members of the first cadre of technocrats, which emerged in the 1950s, were mostly educated in Europe. In the “American” era, more were educated in the United States and believed the role of government was to provide a safe and liberal environment for capital, mostly […]

2014/02/24
Vol. 1, No. 3, Tatsuki KATAOKA

Contents>> Vol. 1, No. 3 Tai Buddhist Practices in Dehong Prefecture, Yunnan, China Religion as Non-religion: The Place of Chinese Temples in Phuket, Southern Thailand Tatsuki Kataoka* * 片岡 樹, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University, 46 Shimoadachi- cho, Yoshida Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan e-mail: kataoka[at]asafas.kyoto-u.ac.jp This paper, based on a case study of Chinese temples in Phuket, aims to demonstrate the importance of religious activities lying outside “religion” in the so-called “Buddhist” societies in Thailand, as well as to question the category of “religion” itself. In Thailand, most of the Chinese temples (called sanchao in Thai) are not recognized as “religious places” by the religious administration […]

2014/02/09
Vol. 2, No. 2, Noboru Toyoshima

Contents>> Vol. 2, No. 2 Emergent Processes of Language Acquisition: Japanese Language Learning and the Consumption of Japanese Cultural Products in Thailand Noboru Toyoshima* *豊島 昇 , Institute of Asian Studies, Organization for Asian Studies, Waseda University, 513 Waseda Tsurumaki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0041, Japan e-mail: nobo[at]suou.waseda.jp Motivation for learning a second language varies among individuals: some people enjoy the process of learning languages, while others learn a second language for practical reasons. Previous fieldwork research in Thailand has shown that many consumers of Japanese cultural products are also learners of the Japanese language. This suggests that Japanese cultural products motivate consumers to start studying Japanese and to continue learning it. In […]

2014/02/09
Vol. 2, No. 2, Nobpaon Rabibhadana and Yoko Hayami

Contents>> Vol. 2, No. 2 Seeking Haven and Seeking Jobs: Migrant Workers’ Networks in Two Thai Locales Nobpaon Rabibhadana* and Yoko Hayami** *ณพอร รพีพัฒน์, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University, 46 Shimoadachi-cho, Yoshida Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606–8501, Japan **速水洋子, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University Corresponding author’s e-mail: yhayami[at]cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp Thailand has seen a large increase in migrant workers from Myanmar since the 1990s. A constant flow of migrants arrive to seek refuge from dire circumstances in their homeland and/or to seek better work opportunities. They have adapted to changing state policy regarding their migrant status and work permits as well as to more immediate means of […]

2014/02/09
Vol. 2, No. 2, Chris BAKER, PASUK Phongpaichit

Contents>> Vol. 2, No. 2 Protection and Power in Siam: From Khun Chang Khun Phaen to the Buddha Amulet Chris Baker* and Pasuk Phongpaichit** *Independent Researcher, Thailand Corresponding author’s e-mail: chrispasuk[at]gmail.com **ผาสุก พงษ์ไพจิตร, Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University, 254 Phayathai Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand The main purpose of this article is to argue for the importance of protection as a concept for understanding religion, power, and social structuring in Thai tradition. Protection is a prominent motif in the Thai folk epic, The Tale of Khun Chang Khun Phaen, and the work describes a range of practices and devices sought to provide protection against various sources of danger. The article […]

 

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