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Contemporary Socio-Cultural and Political Perspectives in Thailand

  • Pranee Liamputtong


  • The first volume to capture many contemporary aspects in Thai Society in one volume

  • Offers critical analysis of issues concerning contemporary Thailand, both from inside and outside Thailand

  • Offers real life experiences of the contributors and Thai people who participated in the research


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Thailand and Current Socio-cultural Issues

  3. Political Aspects in Thailand Today

  4. Ethnic Issues in Contemporary Thailand

About this book


This volume examines contemporary Thailand. It captures aspects of Thai society that have changed dramatically over the past years and that have turned Thailand into a society that is different from what most people outside the country know and expect. The social transition of Thailand has been marked by economic growth, population restructuring, social and cultural development, political movements, and many reforms including the national health care system. The book covers the social, cultural, and economic changes as well as political situations. It discusses both historical contexts and emerging issues. It includes chapters on social and public health concerns, and on ethnicity, gender, sexuality and social class. Most chapters use information from empirical-based and historical research. They describe real life experiences of the contributors and Thai people who participated in the research.     


Community Development among the Buddhist monks Ethnic and Indigenous Issues in Thailand Gender and Buddism in Thailand Gender and Queer Perspectives in Thailand Health concerns in Thailand Lahu Students in Thai Schools Land of Smiles Living with HIV/AIDS in Thailand Phum panya chao ban (Local Wisdom) Political Aspects in Thailand Re-imagining Nationalism in Thailand Religious Culture of Thailand Self-Marginalization in Thailand Thai Buddhist Temples Thai Democracy Thai Health Promotion Foundation Thai Women Office Workers Thailand and Socio-Cultural Issues The Expat Life of a Thai Wife The Giant Swing Women NGOs Movement Women in the Malay Muslim Communities

Editors and affiliations

  • Pranee Liamputtong
    • 1
  1. 1.La Trobe University School of Public HealthBundooraAustralia

About the editors

Pranee Liamputtong holds a Personal Chair in Public Health at the School of Public Health, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Pranee has previously taught in the School of Sociology and Anthropology and worked as a public health research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Mothers’ and Children’s Health (now Mothers and Child Health Research), La Trobe University. Pranee’s particular interests include issues related to cultural and social influences on childbearing, childrearing, and women’s reproductive and sexual health. Pranee has two daughters. Pranee has published several books and a large number of papers in these areas. These include: Maternity and Reproductive Health in Asian Societies (with Lenore Manderson, Harwood Academic Press, 1996); Asian Mothers, Western Birth (Ausmed Publications, 1999); Living in a New Country: Understanding Migrants’ Health (Ausmed Publications, 1999); Hmong Women and Reproduction (Bergin & Garvey, 2000); Coming of Age in South and Southeast Asia: Youth, Courtship and Sexuality (with Lenore Manderson, Curzon Press, 2002); Health, Social Change and Communities (with Heather Gardner, Oxford University Press, 2003). Her more recent books include Reproduction, Childbearing and Motherhood: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (Nova Science Publishers, 2007); Childrearing and Infant Care Issues: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (Nova Science Publishers, 2007); The Journey of Becoming a Mother amongst Thai Women in Northern Thailand (Lexington Books, 2007); Population, Community, and Health.

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