Bangkok May 2010 - Perspectives on a Divided Thailand
Edited by Michael J. Montesano, Pavin Chachavalpongpun and Aekapol Chongvilaivan
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.
About the editors
Aekapol Chongvilaivan received his PhD from National University of Singapore. His researches include Impacts of International Outsourcing on Industries Productivity and Labor Markets in Asian Countries, and Regional Economic Integration and International Financial Market Liberalization in Southeast Asian Countries.
Michael J. Montesano is assistant professor in Southeast Asian Studies Programme at National University of Singapore. As a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Dr Montesano is also a historian whose research project includes Social and Economic Change in Provincial Thailand during the past half-century.
Pavin Chachavalpongpun is a Singapore-based Thai academic, independent writer, and a Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. He received his PhD in Political Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Pavin is the author of forthcoming book The Necessity of Enemies in Thailandís Troubled Politics: The Making of Political Otherness.
Chiang Mai 2012
Size 140 x 210 mm