Rural male leadership, religion and the environment in Thailand's mid-south, 1920s-1960s

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    Abstract

    By considering the historical significance of a southern Thai policeman, Khun Phantharakratchadet (1898-2006), I aim to shift historical writing away from the court, the aristocracy and the capital even though the social setting is not merely 'local' or 'peripheral' but an amalgam of elements found throughout the country. I also want to give credit to local historians often dismissed for being parochial, untheoretical and disposed to myth-making, and to show how tantric practices (saiyasat), the arts of self-defence, policing, banditry and masculinity intersect in the career of this policeman, a native of the unique environment in the Songkhla lakes district.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)39-57
    JournalJournal of Southeast Asian Studies
    Volume42
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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