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

Rachel V. Harrison and Peter A. Jackson


This book brings studies of modern Thai history and culture into dialogue with debates in comparative intellectual history, Asian cultural studies, and postcolonial studies. It takes Thai Studies in new directions through case studies of the cultural hybridity and ambivalences that have emerged from the manifold interactions between Siam/Thailand and the West from 1850 to the present day. The central aims of the book are to critique notions of Thai “uniqueness” or “exceptionalism” and locate Thai Studies in a broader, comparative perspective by arguing that modern Siam/Thailand needs to be und ... More

Keywords: Thai history, culture, Thai Studies, Siam/Thailand, semicolonial society, cultural interrelationships

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9789622091214
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622091214.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel V. Harrison, author

Peter A. Jackson, author