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Heritage and Identity in Contemporary Thailand

Memory, Place and Power

Using Thailand as a case study, Ross King examines the role of place in the formation of identity through memory. Employing the idea of French historian Pierre Nora that because we no longer live in environments of memory—places where the past is still vividly alive—we compensate by attaching ourselves to sites of memory, King explores whether Thailand offers an alternative vision, a place where modernity and heritage coexist. He looks closely at the myths of ancient Thai cities, the remaining royal palaces, historical monuments, small towns and villages, and the proliferating slums of Bangkok in order to create a unique and nuanced perspective of contemporary Thailand and its many ideas of Thai identity.

336 pages | 44 halftones, 7 maps | 6 x 9 | © 2017

Asian Studies: Southeast Asia and Australia

Culture Studies

History: Asian History

Sociology: Social History, Urban and Rural Sociology

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“Elegantly presented, the book offers comprehensive, insightful and penetrating analyses of its deep subject and sound conclusions in the light of leading scholarship in the field.”

John H. Stubbs, Tulane School of Architecture

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