Heritage and Identity in Contemporary Thailand

Memory, Place and Power

Ross King

Heritage and Identity in Contemporary Thailand

Ross King

Distributed for National University of Singapore Press

336 pages | 44 halftones, 7 maps | 6 x 9
Paper $32.00 ISBN: 9789814722278 Published June 2017 For sale in North and South America and China only
Using Thailand as a case study, Ross King examines the role of place in the formation of identity through memory. Employing the idea of French historian Pierre Nora that because we no longer live in environments of memory—places where the past is still vividly alive—we compensate by attaching ourselves to sites of memory, King explores whether Thailand offers an alternative vision, a place where modernity and heritage coexist. He looks closely at the myths of ancient Thai cities, the remaining royal palaces, historical monuments, small towns and villages, and the proliferating slums of Bangkok in order to create a unique and nuanced perspective of contemporary Thailand and its many ideas of Thai identity.
 
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John H. Stubbs, Tulane School of Architecture
“Elegantly presented, the book offers comprehensive, insightful and penetrating analyses of its deep subject and sound conclusions in the light of leading scholarship in the field.”
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