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Working towards the Monarchy: The Politics of Space in Downtown Bangkok

Serhat Ünaldi


The long reign of Thailand’s King Bhumibol is coming to an end. Meanwhile, the country is stuck in a perpetual political crisis: Royalists try to keep the monarchy at the apex of the Thai order while supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra seem content with a civilian leader as an alternative to the king. The toppling of Thaksin in a royally sanctioned coup in 2006 led to violent confrontations between both these groups. Working Towards the Monarchy analyzes what Bhumibol’s devotees are afraid of losing once the king dies. With reference to Ian Kerhsaw’s concept “Working Towards ... More

Keywords: Thailand, Thai, Bhumibol Adulyadej, monarchies, monarchy, Thaksin Shinawatra, charisma, crisis, red shirts, architecture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780824855727
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824855727.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Serhat Ünaldi, author
Bertelsmann Stiftung

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