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By Michael Connors

This booklet seeks to light up how Thai elites have used democracy as an software for order and self-discipline. Drawing on interviews, a variety of Thai language assets, and demanding idea, the writer finds a outstanding model of the assumption of democracy within the Thai context. Connors indicates how elites have drawn on Western political idea to layout tasks to create smooth voters. He argues that it really is attainable to determine the assumption and perform of elite liberal democracy in Thailand, and in different places, as a key ideological source within the undertaking of securing hegemony over undisciplined populations. during this standpoint the information of civil society, civic advantage, social capital and democracy itself are all a part of the weaponry deployed for you to create 'good citizens', who act as guardians of the elite outlined universal stable.

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It is taken as given that resistance is a permanent possibility and is an inherent part of the discursive workings of power in identity formation. 91 This project of recovery is to be supported. 92 Yet the attempt to study the dominative work that democratic discourse does, necessarily means focusing on projects that emanate from those pursuing hegemonic strategies. This is not to say there is no escape. Indeed, in the worker and peasant 24 MAKING DEMOCRACY MEAN SOMETHING movements of Thailand one sees acts of resistance and rebellion with the potential to fundamentally transform the existing social formation.

D. dissertation, Vanderbilt University, 1972. ) Government and Politics of Thailand, London: Oxford University Press, 1987, pp. 168–95. ) Modern Thai Politics: From Village to Nation, Cambridge MA: Schenkman, 1979, pp. kho. bankit trading, 1976. This text introduces the notion of democracy as a way of life and thus as a matter of cultural norms (pp. 258– 9). It speaks of the function of political parties in political socialization (pp. 295–6). This book covers material in a manner very similar to the democracy manuals MAKING DEMOCRACY MEAN SOMETHING 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 29 discussed in Chapters 4 and 5 of this volume.

Indeed, rather than attempt the over-ambitious project of determining the total nature of the state in Thailand and its hegemonic apparatus (as a complex unity of historical blocs, national and international, condensed as the integral state) this work will present a discrete analysis of several moments of democracy (statist/liberal/communitarian) as part of a contribution to an understanding of the complex of ideological forces that play a part in articulating the Thai social formation. Such a study is neither exhaustive of an understanding of the political and ideological realms of Thai society, nor is it necessarily the central aspect of the constitution of hegemony of the Thai state.

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