Item description for Rethinking Thailand's Southern Violence by Duncan McCargo...
Since January 2004, the three Muslim-dominated provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat in the Thai south have been ablaze with political violence. Early incidents such as the bloody storming of the historic Kru-Ze mosque, and the death of 78 Tak Bai protestors at the hands of the army made global headlines. But most of the subsequent events have gone largely unnoticed despite a terrible catalogue of 'daily killings'. The Thaksin Shinawatra government's persistent mishandling of the southern violence was a key factor behind the September 2006 military coup d'etat, the biggest political upheaval in Thailand since the early 1990s. The collection by Thai and international scholars examines the reasons behind the unrest in south Thailand from a variety of perspectives. The contributors all reject the simplistic mantras of 'terrorism experts', and call for a more nuanced, subtle and critical readings of events. Their topics include the political meanings of history and monuments, the ambiguous role of the Thaksin government, alternative explanations of the violence, the salience of political Islam, the voices of ordinary people in Pattani, and the misleading paradigms of the insecurity industry. This book will change the way the southern Thailand conflict is understood.
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Studio: Singapore University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 9" Weight: 0.78 lbs.
Release Date Apr 30, 2007
Publisher Singapore University Press
ISBN 9971693623 ISBN13 9789971693626
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More About Duncan McCargo
Duncan McCargo is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Leeds.