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Class, Culture and Space

The Construction and Shaping of Communal Space in South Thailand

Alexander Horstmann

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Alexander Horstmann, Class, Culture and Space (2015), transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, ISBN: 9783839400517

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Beschreibung / Abstract

In the present social and cultural transformation of South Thailand's cultural politics, ideologies involving the family, gender and home provide the cultural codes in social dramas of the state, the media and social and religious movements. This study looks at micropolitics and the nesting of the political action of everyday life in larger, ultimately global structures of power. Exploring the making of class, culture and space, the production and consumption of culture is understood as work which involves the constant negotiation of boundaries.


Alexander Horstmann ist Fellow am Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen.


»As the literature on Southern Thailand is very limited, the book is a welcome source of information about the cultural and societal situation in this region. The study can be recommended to readers interested in detailed regional information about Southern Thailand.«
Patrick Ziegenhals, Internationales Asienforum, 11 (2004)


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  • Cover Class, Culture and Space The Construction and Shaping of Communal Space in South Thailand
  • Preface by Georg Stauth
  • Preface and Acknowledgement
  • Contents
  • Introduction: Visions, Claims and Utopias
  • Morality and Politics in Southern Thailand
  • State of the Art
  • Communal Space
  • Visions, Claims and Utopias
  • Previous Studies on the Middle Classes in Southeast Asia
  • Religious Self-Affirmation in Southern Thailand
  • Outline of Chapters
  • Border Stories 1
  • Chapter 1 Locals and Cosmopolitans in Southern Thailand
  • Chapter 2 The Making of Consumers in Southern Thailand
  • Border Stories 2
  • Chapter 3 Self-Affirmation, Globalization and Cultural Distinction in Songkla and Patani
  • Chapter 4 Community Media and the Politics of Nostalgia
  • Border Stories 3
  • Chapter 5 Morals Matter: Cultural Politics Compared
  • Conclusion: Debating Morality and the Nation in Southern Thailand
  • Notes
  • Bibliography

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