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Bangkok, May 2010
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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 country’s 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. 1. Introduction: Seeking Perspective on a Slow-Burn Civil War
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. 2. The Culture of the Army: Matichon Weekly, 28 May 2010
  2. pp. 10-14
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  1. 3. Thoughts on Thailand’s Turmoil, 11 June 2010
  2. pp. 15-41
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  1. 4. Truth and Justice When Fear and Repression Remain: An Open Letter to Dr Kanit Na Nakorn, 16 July 2010
  2. pp. 42-54
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  1. 5. The Impact of the Red Shirt Rallies on the Thai Economy
  2. pp. 55-63
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  1. 6. The Socio-Economic Bases of the Red/Yellow Divide: A Statistical Analysis
  2. pp. 64-71
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  1. 7. The Ineffable Rightness of Conspiracy: Thailand’s Democrat-ministered State and the Negation of Red Shirt Politics
  2. pp. 72-86
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  1. 8. A New Politics of Desire and Disintegration in Thailand
  2. pp. 87-96
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  1. 9. Notes towards an Understanding of Thai Liberalism
  2. pp. 97-107
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  1. 10. Thailand’s Classless Conflict
  2. pp. 108-119
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  1. 11. The Grand Bargain: Making “Reconciliation” Mean Something
  2. pp. 120-130
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  1. 12. Changing Thailand, an Awakening of Popular Political Consciousness for Rights?
  2. pp. 131-142
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  1. 13. Class, Inequality, and Politics
  2. pp. 143-160
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  1. 14. Thailand’s Rocky Path towards a Full-Fledged Democracy
  2. pp. 161-170
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  1. 15. The Color of Politics: Thailand’s Deep Crisis of Authority
  2. pp. 171-189
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  1. 16. Two Cheers for Rally Politics
  2. pp. 190-198
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  1. 17. Thai Foreign Policy in Crisis: From Partner to Problem
  2. pp. 199-213
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  1. 18. Thailand in Trouble: Revolt of the Downtrodden or Conflict among Elites?
  2. pp. 214-229
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  1. 19. From Red to Red: An Auto-ethnography of Economic and Political Transitions in a Northeastern Thai Village
  2. pp. 230-247
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  1. 20. The Rich, the Powerful and the Banana Man: The United States’ Position in the Thai Crisis
  2. pp. 248-266
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  1. 21. The Social Bases of Autocratic Rule in Thailand
  2. pp. 267-273
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  1. 22. The Strategy of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship on “Double Standards”: A Grand Gesture to History, Justice, and Accountability
  2. pp. 274-286
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  1. 23. No Way Forward but Back? Re-emergent Thai Falangism, Democracy, and the New “Red Shirt” Social Movement
  2. pp. 287-312
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  1. 24. Flying Blind
  2. pp. 313-322
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  1. 25. The Political Economy of Thailand’s Middle-Income Peasants
  2. pp. 323-332
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  1. 26. Royal Succession and the Evolution of Thai Democracy
  2. pp. 333-338
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 339-351
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  1. Photo plates
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