This chapter provides both a brief survey of multiculturalism in Thailand’s politics and an account on how to make sense of Thailand’s current democratization through the lens of critical multiculturalism.
A perspective of critical multiculturalism is needed to understand the issues of democratization in Thailand especially after the 2006 coup.
Against this backdrop, the exceptional political power of the present monarchy in Thailand provides an excellent portrayal of how the divinity, perpetuality, and inviolability of royal authority become gradually undermined.
Through discursive analyses of formal and informal texts, interviews, and ethnographic fieldwork, I argue that resistance against the monarchy has become central not only to the emergence and development of the massive political “Redshirt” movement, but also to Thailand’s political transition.
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Jitat Falchareonphol helped me with the access to the last electronic database. Jitat Falchareonphol helped me with the access to the last electronic database.
A doctoral student can spend years upon years exploring (and tens if not hundreds of pages writing about) a single, narrow topic for an audience of dissertation committee experts in the field.
This need became clear with the emergence and conflicts between the Yellow Shirt movement (2005–13) and the Red Shirt movement (2007–present).
Most importantly, Charlie Carroll traveled across the Thai-Lao border to proofread and transform the dissertation into a readable format. Most importantly, Charlie Carroll traveled across the Thai-Lao border to proofread and transform the dissertation into a readable format.