Is There an In-between? The “City-nation,” Imagining Rule, Lines and Protests from the Periphery in Thailand

By James Taylor.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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This paper concerns spatial divisions, lines of power, imagination and resistance around dominant cultural constructions of the centre polity located in Bangkok, which I refer to here as a city-nation in the context of state. This paper
concerns the dominance of power and mediations that are working to redefine
the relationship between the centre and the periphery, which is exacerbated in the temporary appropriation of city-space by protesting subaltern, mostly peasant, Red Shirts over the past four years. I use Tim Ingold’s recent thinking about lines or “ways of life enmeshed in a networked world of lines and connectors” to explore new social trajectories of change in Thailand.

Keywords: Thailand, Contested Lines, City-nation, Resistance and Rebellion, Centre and Margin, “Red Shirts”

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.141-150. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 831.577KB).

Dr. James Taylor

Senior Lecturer, Discipline of Anthropology and Development Studies,, School of Social Sciences, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Dr. James Taylor, author of “Forest Monks and the Nation-State” (1993) and “Buddhism and Postmodern Imaginings in Thailand: The Religiosity of Urban Space” (2008) is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Adelaide, Australia. His research interests are in Mainland Southeast Asia, critical theory and practice of planned culture change, the transformation of rural society, the development discourse and anthropology, Theravada Buddhism and social and political activism in Thailand.