Saying the unsayable

16 09 2010

Just out from NIAS Press: Saying the Unsayable: Monarchy and Democracy in Thailand, edited by Søren Ivarsson and Lotte Isager. Details are available at the NIAS Press website. Here’s the blurb:

  • A unique, multidisciplinary discussion of the cultural, historical, political, religious and legal forces that formed the Thai monarchy.
  • Essential reading for anyone interested in Thai politics and culture.
  • Of interest to a broad readership, also outside academia.

The Thai monarchy today is usually presented as both guardian of tradition and the institution to bring modernity and progress to the Thai people. It is moreover seen as protector of the nation. Scrutinizing that image, this volume reviews the fascinating history of the modern monarchy. It also analyses important cultural, historical, political, religious, and legal forces shaping the popular image of the monarchy and, in particular, of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

In this manner, the book offers valuable insights into the relationships between monarchy, religion and democracy in Thailand – topics that, after the September 2006 coup d’état, gained renewed national and international interest. By addressing such contentious issues as Thai-style democracy, lése majesté legislation, religious symbolism and politics, monarchical traditions, and the royal sufficiency economy, this volume will be of interest to a broad spectrum of academics, journalists and other interested readers outside academia.


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30 09 2010
Praising the monarch’s constitutionalism « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] early october, and will probably not be sitting next to the new works by David Streckfuss and the edited collection by Søren Ivarsson and Lotte Isager. This is because the new book is unlikely to be a critical […]

5 12 2010
Commentary on the king’s birthday | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] For a deeper understanding of the role of the monarchy and politics that avoids some of the syrup required of journalists, PPT suggests not only Handley (noted above) but also the range of papers at our commentary pages, here, here and here. And, of course, the two new books posted on here and here. […]




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