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Title: Calling for Democracy and Social Harmony: Thai Identity in 2010
Authors: Sorasich Swangslip
Keywords: Peaceful/ harmonious
Democratic
Socially equal/ justice
Neoliberal/ capitalist
Economic growth
West/developed countries
Monarchical
Progressive/ modern/civilized
Ancient/historic/ traditional
Ethical
Educated/skilled
Wellbeing/quality of life
International
Regressive/ backward
India
Sustainable
Anti-communist
Independent
Internationally integrated
Stable/strong state
Transparent
China
Internationally significant/ center
Religious
Generous/kind
Poverty
US
Neutral
Agricultural
Effective
Happy
Neighbors
Powerful/Great
Reliable
Europe
France
Helpful
Multiracial
Thai language
Australia
Clement
Fatalist
Germany
Hong Kong
Malaysia
Moderate
Multiculturall|Myanmar
Pessimistic
Singapore
Taiwan
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: National University of Singapore
Citation: Sorasich Swangslip (2019). Calling for Democracy and Social Harmony: Thai Identity in 2010 : 1-30. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The primary discourses of Thai national identity in 2010, mostly shown by elites in history textbooks and speeches, centre on democracy/freedom and neoliberalism/capitalism. The democratic/freedom-based identity was shaped by the domestic Thai political context, especially in the first decade of the 21st century. This was closely linked to the concepts of peace/harmony, social equality/justice, conflictual/unstable, double standards, inequality, and injustice. Although negative discourses present significant challenges for a democracy, they are crucial elements to concretize democratization and socio-political progress. The neoliberal/capitalist identity is a core identity that strengthens the economic growth discourse, and is associated with the West and internationally-integrated discourses. However, its greatest threats come from the conflictual/unstable identity which results in national unreliability, economic recession, poverty, the loss of citizens’ well-being, and low presence on the international stage.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/236086
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