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Rituals of National Loyalty An Anthropology of the State and the Village Scout Movement in Thailand

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ISBN-10: 0231103913

ISBN-13: 9780231103916

Edition: N/A

Authors: Katherine A. Bowie

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In the 1970s, the Thai state organized the Village Scout movement to counter communist insurgency. The movement was soon used to thwart growing demands for democratic reform, recruiting five million members to become the largest mass organization in Thai history, and, mobilized by the military-controlled media, helped topple a civilian government and restore military rule. This book bridges both the macro and micro levels of analysis to place the dynamics of a national political movement within a richly detailed account of its working at the village level.
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 7/4/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

KATHERINE A. BOWIE is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

A Note on the Photographs
List of Photographs
List of Figures and Tables
Introduction: Toward an Anthropology of the Right
Magic and Mayhem: Of Ritual and Class
Mayhem and October 6
A Class-Based Analysis of Ritual
Awe to Persuasion
Genesis in Conflict
The Official Genesis
The State of Thai Communism
Communism and the Shaping of the Thai State
The Expansion: The Monarchy and the Middle Classes
The Importance of Royal Patronage
The Creation of Symbolic Power
The Polarization of the Civilian Period
The Moratorium: Fissures on the Right
The Right: The Appearance of Strength
Reasons for the Moratorium
Factors Ending the Moratorium
Setting the Agrarian Stage
From the Cities to the Countryside
Political Polarization in the North
The Moratorium Ends
From Humor to Hysteria: Turning Villagers into Subjects
Day 1: From Villagers to Tiger Cubs
Day 2: A Day of Lessons
Day 3: Developing the Theme of Unity
Day 4: Setting the Final Structure in Place
Day 5: Building to the Climax
Mixed Metaphors: The Class Struggle Unmasked
The Ideology: The National Scout Family
Effect on Village Initiates over Time
Of Communism and the Poor
Aftermath at the District Level
Declawing the Tigers
Updating the National Movement
Hegemony and State Rituals