'The Ambiguous Allure of the West pulls Thai Studies away from its long-dominant introspection and focus on an alleged Thai exceptionalism and sites it in mainstream comparative and theoretical contexts. Original conception and execution are embedded in the collection of essays, which apply Western post-colonial theory to the study of Asian history and culture. This is the first book that shatters the "uniqueness" of Thailand and demonstrates the many ways in which Southeast Asia is comparable to the rest of the world.' - excerpted from back cover.
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Onsite

Location code REF.HAR6
Language

English

Publication/Creation date

2011

No of pages

268

ISBN / ISSN

9789622091238

No of copies

1

Content type

anthology

Chapter headings
Introduction - The Allure of Ambiguity: The 'West' and the Making of Thai Identities

- Rachel V. HARRISON

1. The Ambiguities of Semicolonial Power in Thailand

- Peter A. JACKSON

2. An Ambiguous Intimacy: Farang as Siamese Occidentalism

- Pattana KITIARSA

3. Competitive Colonialisms: Siam and the Malay Muslim South

- Tamara LOOS

4. Mind the Gap: (En)countering the West and the Making of Thai Identities on Film

- Rachel V. HARRISON

5. Blissfully Whose? Jungle Pleasures, Ultra-modernist Cinema and the Cosmopolitan Thai Auteur

- Richard Lowell MACDONALD, May Adadol INGAWANIJ

6. Coming to Terms with the West: Intellectual Strategies of Bifurcation and Post-Westernism in Siam

- Thongchai WINICHAKUL

7. Wathakam: The Thai Appropriation of Foucault's 'Discourse'

- Thanes WONGYANNAVA

The Conceptual Allure of the West: Dilemmas and Ambiguities of Crypto-Colonialism in Thailand

- Michael HERZFELD

The Ambiguous Allure of the West: Traces of the Colonial in Thailand
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