Marginality, Suttering, and Community

Veena Das, Arthur Kleinman, Margaret Lock, Mamphela Ramphele and Pamela Reynolds

in Remaking a World

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780520223295
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924857 | DOI:
Marginality, Suttering, and Community

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This chapter discusses a form of social suffering that clearly resists its individualization. It first examines the social production of marginality among the Kui, which was an indigenous people living at the borderland of the ancient kingdom of Siam. It relates how Kui marginal identities have been created in historical discourse by studying the representations of the Kui in official Siamese historiography. It also discusses how the marginality of the Kui has been re-created and achieved in modern politics. The chapter also tries to reveal the form and nature of the power exercised by the dominant sector.

Keywords: social suffering; individualization; social production; marginality; Kui; Siamese historiography; modern politics; dominant sector

Chapter.  17899 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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