Imagining Communities in Thailand: Ethnographic Approaches (Mekong Press)

Imagining Communities in Thailand: Ethnographic Approaches (Mekong Press)

By: Shigeharu Tanabe (editor)Paperback

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This book explores newly emerging communities and the new practices, knowledge, and power relations that can no longer be explained adequately by the conventional conception of community. In the early 1980s, Benedict Anderson coined the term "imagined communities" to examine the creation and global spread of the nation-state as a collective fiction constructed in the homogeneous and empty time of modernity. Set against this conceptual background, the present volume focuses on the processes of "imaging communities" to explore how people imagine and create their own sense of knowledge, power, and identity. The essays in this volume consider the communal relations and properties of newly emerging or transforming communities, associations, and networks: the "imagined family" in shaping the modern Thai nation-state, the Asoke community of a new Buddhist movement, a Karen millenarian Buddhist community on the Thai-Myanmar border, networks of producers and sellers in the Night Bazaar of Chiang Mai, female factory workers in Lamphun, and HIV/AIDS self-help groups of northern Thailand. Taken together, these case studies demonstrate the possibilities of new communities in Thailand and provide a key reference for both students and scholars concerned with a critical approach to sociology, history, development studies, Southeast Asian studies, and anthropology.

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Shigeharu Tanabe is professor of anthropology at Otani University, Kyoto. He is the coeditor (with Charles F. Keyes) of Cultural Crisis and Social Memory: Modernity and Identity in Thailand and Laos.


AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Imagined and Imagining Communities / Shigeharu Tanabe 1. Policing the Imagined Family and Children in Thailand: From Family Name to Emotional Love / Thanes Wongyannava 2. An "Imagining" Community: The Case of Sisa Asoke, Si Sa Ket Province / Kanoksak Kaewthep 3. Constructing and Maintaining the Ta-la-ku Community: The Karen along the Thai-Myanmar Border / Kwanchewan Buadaeng 4. Making Sense of Place: A Case Study of Vendors and Small Entrepreneurs in the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar / Apinya Fuengfusakul 5. The Romantic Ethic and the Notion of Modern Society: Imagining Communities among Northern Thai Factory Women / Kyonosuke Hirai 6. Suffering, Community, and Self-Government: HIV / AIDS Self-Help Groups in Northern Thailand / Shigeharu Tanabe Reflections: Imagined and Imagining Communities / Roger Goodman ReferencesList of ContributorsIndex

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  • publication date: 14/05/2008
  • ISBN13: 9789741339648
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 230
  • ID: 9789741339648
  • weight: 273
  • ISBN10: 974133964X

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