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The Ambiguous Allure of the WestTraces of the Colonial in Thailand$
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Rachel V. Harrison and Peter A. Jackson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789622091214

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622091214.001.0001

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The Allure of Ambiguity: The “West” and the Making of Thai Identities

(p.1) Introduction
The Ambiguous Allure of the West

Rachel Harrison

Hong Kong University Press

This introductory chapter investigates the ways of drawing Siam/Thailand into potential comparative debate with a broader, global field via an engagement with postcolonial thought. It examines the issues at play in the ambiguous allure that the West has generated for Siam/Thailand in the development of new cultural identities post-1850.

Keywords:   Siam/Thailand, postcolonial thought, ambiguous allure, West, cultural identities

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