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Author Na Thalang, Chanintira.

Title International Relations As a Discipline in Thailand : Theory and Sub-Fields
Published Milton : Routledge, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (287 pages)
Series IR Theory and Practice in Asia Ser
IR Theory and Practice in Asia Ser
Contents Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of contributors; Foreword; Acknowledgements; 1 Introduction; Pluralism, Global IR and Non-WesternIR: locating the problem with in the debates; The genesis and practical experiences that have shaped the trajectory of IR in Thailand; The structure of the book; Notes; Bibliography; Part I; 2 Why is there no Thai (critical) International Relations theory? Great debates revisited, critical theory and dissensus of IR in Thailand; Introduction; A disciplinary history of Thai IR: state of the art/art of the state
4 Postcolonial theoretical proposals in Thai International RelationsIntroduction; Thai social sciences encounter postcolonial thought; The theoretical proposals of Thai postcolonial IR; Pitch Pongsawat and 'the quadruple aspects of the border towns'; Decha Tangseefa and 'imperceptible naked lives'; Soravis Jayanama and dehegemonic violence; Four reasons to explain why there are not many theoretical proposals in Thai postcolonial literature; Conclusion; Bibliography; Part II; 5 Foreign policy analysis in Thailand; Introduction; Historical and institutional settings of FPA in Thailand
Approaches to foreign policy analysisReflections on and future of foreign policy analysis in Thailand; Relevant research scope; Conceptual and theoretical clarification; Interdisciplinary research programs; Policy contribution; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; 6 International political economy in Thailand: adiscipline in stagnation?; Introduction; IPE state of knowledge; IPE teaching in Thailand; IPE research in Thailand; The development of Thai political economy; Causes and consequences of the Asian financial crisis; Thailand's responses to globalisation; Beyond the scope of Thailand
Thai IR as professional trainingThai IR as a discipline: dual hegemony of area studies and realism; Thai IR: through the looking-glassof 'great-debate-ism'; The 'first' great debate or realist-liberal continuum?; Expanding Thai IR: one field, many subfields; The 'second' great debate: the ascent of critical theory; Critical approaches in Thai IR; Contesting the field: consensus or dissensus?; Still no Thai IR theory?; Conclusion: towards a dissensual Thai IR theory?; Notes; Bibliography; 3 Minding the gap: poststructuralist IR theory in Thailand; Bibliography
The absence of a Thai IPE theoryConclusion; Bibliography; 7 Security studies in Thailand; Introduction; The development of security studies in Thailand; Centralized conceptualization; Threats to national security: the transition from communism to armed insurgency; "New"and "non-traditional"security; The role of key security entrepreneurs in shaping security studies in Thailand; Institute of Security and International Studies-Thailand; Security Studies Project; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; 8 Peace research and International Relations in Thailand: mutual dismissal and disengagement?
Summary There has long been considerable debate about the nature of non-Western IR theory. Most attempts to understand such a phenomenon begin by taking a top-down approach on a country by country basis. Instead, this book takes a bottom-up approach, involving specialists from a range of Thai universities, revealing the contours of the Thai IR community. It examines the state of various sub-fields under the IR rubric in Thailand such as foreign policy analysis, security studies, international political economy and area studies, and how Thai thinkers in these fields have contributed to IR as a discipline and IR theory development in Thailand. In doing so, it identifies factors unique to Thai academia which have hindered the development of an indigenous-sourced theory as well as exploring the similarities shared with other non-Western contexts that have posed an obstacle to the creation of a more general non-Western IR theory. Providing both an in-depth insight into the specific phenomena of Thai IR theory, and a broader perspective on the challenges of formulating non-Western IR theory, this book aims to push the debate on non-Western IR theory forward. It will be of particular interest to readers looking for a better understanding of IR theory in Thailand, but also for those more generally looking to formulate and characterise non-Western approaches to the discipline
Notes Introduction
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject International relations -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Thailand
International relations -- Study and teaching (Higher)
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
Author Jayanama, Soravis.
Poonkham, Jittipat
ISBN 0815396813