The ambiguities of semicolonial power in Thailand

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    This chapter examines the history of Siamese/Thai attitudes to the West in relation to the situation of both colonized and other nominally independent societies. Drawing on postcolonial understandings of power, culture, and knowledge, it argues that while Siam/Thailand occupied a subordinate position in the Western-dominated world order, it was never a direct colony. The chapter also argues that the notion of semicolonialism provides an avenue to open a dialogue with postcolonial studies while recognizing the ambiguities of Western power in the Thai context.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Ambiguous Allure of the West: Traces of the Colonial in Thailand
    Editors Rachel V Harrison and Peter A Jackson
    Place of PublicationHong Kong
    PublisherHong Kong University Press
    ISBN (Print)9789622091214
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


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