Thailand: The Cultural Politics of Student Resistance

Prajak Kongkirati

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    This chapter discusses the intellectual movement and the decline of student activism in Thailand. Students played a crucial role in Thailand’s national politics in from 1950s to 1970s. Students forged a close alliance with intellectuals during the period of military dictatorship, to provide the movement with intellectual and material resources crucial for activism. However, youth activism in Thailand declined after the Right-wing movements and the Thai state massacred several youth activists on October 6, 1976. Though individual students and groups have been intermittently involved in politics, they have not yet regained the strength and influence they had during the 1970s.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationStudent Activism in Asia: Between Protest and Powerlessness
    Editors Merideth L Weiss & Edward Aspinall
    Place of PublicationMinneapolis USA
    PublisherUniversity of Minnesota Press
    ISBN (Print)9780816679683
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


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