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The Ambiguities of Semicolonial Power in Thailand

Peter A. Jackson

in The Ambiguous Allure of the West

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789622091214
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207493 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622091214.003.0002
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.

Keywords: Siamese/Thai; West; power; culture; knowledge; Siam/Thailand; colony; semicolonialism; ambiguities; Western power

Chapter.  9657 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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