Siam Mapped

Siam Mapped

A History of the Geo-body of A Nation

eBook - 1994
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A prominent leader of the Thai student movement in the 1970s, now an academic (Southeast Asian history, U. of Wisconsin), explores the 19th-century confrontation of ideas that transformed the conception of the ancient kingdom of Siam into that of a modern nation, emphasizing the influence of new mapping techniques. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
This unusual and intriguing study of nationhood explores the nineteenth-century confrontation of ideas that transformed the kingdom of Siam into the modern conception of a nation. Fundamental to the author's analysis is the assumption that notions of national identity are discursively constructed and therefore are subject to change. Here, modern Thailand is viewed as its territory and related values and practices, or what the author terms its "geo-body." Thongchai Winichakul's compelling narrative explores the emergence of this new territorial entity by examining the influence of modern mapping techniques on Thai conceptions of nationhood.

Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press, ©1994
ISBN: 9780585239538
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvi, 228 pages) : illustrations, maps


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