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Title Contemporary socio-cultural and political perspectives in Thailand / Pranee Liamputtong, editor
Published Dordrecht : Springer, 2014
Table of Contents
 Contemporary Thailand: An Introduction / Pranee Liamputtongxiii
pt. I Thailand and Current Socio-cultural Issues 
1.Redefining "Thainess": Embracing Diversity, Preserving Unity / Suwilai Premsrirat3
2.The Giant Swing (Lo Ching Cha): Brahmanical Origins and Its Significance to the Religious Culture of Thailand / Willard G. Van De Bogart23
3.Thai Amulets: Symbol of the Practice of Multi-faiths and Cultures / Sophana Srichampa49
4.Buddhist Temple: A Religious Capital Approach for Preparing Thailand Toward the Aging Society / Patcharin Ketjamnong65
5.Beyond Localities: Community Development and Network Construction Among the Buddhist Monks in Northern Thailand / Mayumi Okabe83
6.Hegemonic English, Standard Thai, and Narratives of the Subaltern in Thailand / Adcharawan Buripakdi95
7.Digital Revolution and Its Discontents: Thai "Underground Metal" Scene and Their Love-Hate Relationship with New Technologies / Athip Jittarerk111
8.The Thawiphop Phenomenon: Reimagining Nationalism in a Contemporary Thai Novel and Its Stage and Screen Adaptations / Morakot Jewachinda Meyer125
9.Relatedness: Capitalism and the Sufficiency Economy in Rural Northeastern Thailand / Ratana Tosakul141
pt. II Political Aspects in Thailand Today 
10.Party-Social Movement Coalition in Thailand's Political Conflict (2005--2011) / Aim Sinpeng157
11."For King and Country"? Thailand's Political Conflicts as Dynamics of Social Closure / Allan Lee169
12.The Vulnerability of Thai Democracy: Coups d'etat and Political Changes in Modern Thailand / Pei-Hsiu Chen185
13.Politics and the City: Protest, Memory, and Contested Space in Bangkok / Serhat Unaldi209
14.The Politics of Change in Thai Cities: The Urban Poor as Development Catalysts / Diane Archer223
pt. III Ethnic Issues in Contemporary Thailand 
15.Language and Cultural Rights in the Ethnic Revival Movement of the Black Tai in Khaoyoi, Petchaburi / Sumittra Suraratdecha237
16.Lahu Students in Thai Schools: The Cases of Som and Noi / Matthew R. Juelsgaard253
17.Rural-Urban Migration and Ethnic Minority Enterprise / Alexander Trupp267
pt. IV Contemporary Gender and Queer Perspectives 
18.Learning to Look Good: Thai Women Office Workers and Everyday Consumption Practices at Work / Kosum Omphornuwat285
19.Thai Daughters, English Wives: A Critical Ethnography of Transnational Lives / Chantanee Charoensri299
20.The Expat Life with a Thai Wife: Thailand as an Imagined Space of Masculine Transformation / Kristen Hill Maher311
21.Women NGOs' Movement for Fighting Against Domestic Violence / Suangsurang Mitsamphanta329
22.Women's Agency in the Malay Muslim Communities of Southern Thailand / Andrea Katalin Molnar345
23.Trafficking and Coerced Prostitution in Thailand: Reconceptualizing International Law in the Age of Globalization / Erin Kamler363
24.Gender and Buddhism in the Wake of the Tsunami / Monica Lindberg Falk381
25.Not Yet Queer Enough: Revising "Gender" in Development / Witchayanee Ocha393
26.Conceptualizing Thai Genderscapes: Transformation and Continuity in the Thai Sex/Gender System / Dredge Byung'chu Kang409
27.The Third Gender as Seen in Thai Fiction / Jenjit Gasigijtamrong431
pt. V Contemporary Health Concerns 
28.Theravada Buddhist Temple Taking Care of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Thailand: A Case Study of Phrabatnampu Temple / Kazumi Sasaki445
29.Authoritative Knowledge, Folk Knowledge, and Antenatal Care in Contemporary Northern Thailand / Somsri Kitisriworapan465
30.Moral Aspect and the Effectiveness of Local Healing in Northern Thailand / Yongsak Tantipidoke487
31.Phum Panya Chao Baan (Local Wisdom) and Traditional Healers in Southern Thailand / Pranee Liamputtong501
32.Patronage, Dominance, or Collaboration? Thailand's NGOs and the Thai Health Promotion Foundation / Atchara Rakyutidharm517
 About the Editor533
 About the Contributors535
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Description 1 online resource (xxi, 540 pages) : illustrations
Contents Part I. Thailand and current socio-cultural issues -- Part II. Political aspects in Thailand today -- Part III. Ethnic issues in contemporary Thailand -- Part IV. Contemporary gender and queer perspectives -- Part V. Contemporary health concerns
Summary This volume examines contemporary Thailand. It captures aspects of Thai society that have changed dramatically over the past years and that have turned Thailand into a society that is different from what most people outside the country know and expect. The social transition of Thailand has been marked by economic growth, population restructuring, social and cultural development, political movements, and many reforms including the national health care system. The book covers the social, cultural, and economic changes as well as political situations. It discusses both historical contexts and emerging issues. It includes chapters on social and public health concerns, and on ethnicity, gender, sexuality and social class. Most chapters use information from empirical-based and historical research. They describe real life experiences of the contributors and Thai people who participated in the research
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Thailand -- Social conditions.
Thailand -- Social life and customs.
Thailand -- Politics and government.
Form Electronic book
Author Liamputtong, Pranee, 1955- editor
LC no. 2013958225
ISBN 9400772432
9400772440 (electronic bk.)
9789400772434
9789400772441 (electronic bk.)