A Plastic Nation examines the role of Thai nationhood in domestic and international politics. Although in fact ill-defined, Thainess, or khwampenthai, has been consistently used by Thai leaders to legitimize their power and defend their economic interests. Not only has the assertion of Thainess been deeply rooted in the private interests of those in power, it has been deployed as part of nationalist sentiment to guard against any international norms, often considered as threats to the leaders' own interests. This book is intended for students and professors in the field of Thai nationhood and nationalism, contemporary Thai-Burmese relations, and policy practitioners in the government and military
Pavin Chachavalpongpun is a Singapore-based Thai academic, independent writer, and a visiting lecturer at various Thai universities. He received his Ph.D. in Political Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.
Chapter 1 List of Table Chapter 2 List of Key Characters Chapter 3 Abbreviations Chapter 4 Preface Chapter 5 Introduction Chapter 6 Revisiting Thai Nationhood Chapter 7 The Historical Background Chapter 8 Ethnic Insurgencies Along Thai-Burmese Borders Chapter 9 The Drugs Trade Chapter 10 The Controversy over Burma's Admission Into ASEAN Chapter 11 Conclusion Chapter 12 Glossary Chapter 13 Bibliography Chapter 14 Index Chapter 15 Author Biography