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

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

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The Ambiguous Allure of the West
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Michael Herzfeld

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622091214.003.0009

This chapter explores the indeterminacy of cultural influence, arguing that in matters as apparently discrete as the use of space, dress, and eating habits and the language of popular science, a peculiarly local idiom of governmentality in Thailand rests on the ambiguity about origins and attitudes. It also explores, through comparisons of Thailand with Greece and other countries, the dynamics of “crypto-colonialism”: the condition in which the very claim of independence marks a symbolic as well as material dependence on intrusive colonial power.

Keywords:   cultural influence, popular science, governmentality, Thailand, cryto-colonialism

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