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.
|Title of host publication
|The Ambiguous Allure of the West: Traces of the Colonial in Thailand
|Rachel V Harrison and Peter A Jackson
|Place of Publication
|Hong Kong University Press
|Published - 2010