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Wisdom, Knowledge, and the Postcolonial University in Thailand

  • Lays out an epistemic map that helps in understanding the ramifications of the commodification of university knowledge

  • Examines international, global, regionalist, and local Thai approaches to higher education

  • Uses interview analysis to provide evidence of old and new exchanges among the education community in Thailand


Part of the Postcolonial Studies in Education book series (PCSE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Zane Ma Rhea
    Pages 65-94
  3. Knowledge, ‘Outsiders’, and the Market

  4. Towards a Langsàmǎimài Postmodern Wisdom

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 237-266

About this book


This book examines Thai knowledge and wisdom from the perspective of postmodern, postcolonial globalization. Ma Rhea explores the ways in which the Thai university system attempts to balance old knowledge traditions, Buddhist and rural, with new Thai and imported knowledge. It traces the development of Thai university partnerships with outsiders, focusing on the seventy year relationship between Thailand and Australia. In comparison, it analyses the old Thai Buddhist wisdom tradition and in the final chapters proposes its worthiness as a pedagogical pathway for universities globally.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.VictoriaAustralia

About the authors

Zane Ma Rhea is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Monash University, Australia. She specializes in indigenous and Buddhist education and her research spans holistic education, wisdom studies in higher education, leadership development, and teacher professional development. 

Bibliographic information


Praise to come.