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Civility and Savagery : Social Identity in Tai States - Andrew Turton

Civility and Savagery

Social Identity in Tai States

Hardcover Published: 18th May 2000
ISBN: 9780700711734
Number Of Pages: 376

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This is a book about social differentiation and distinction in one of the ethnically and politically most complex regions of the world, dealing with crucial issues in currently renewed debates on cultural pluralism, nationalism, irredentism and ethnic dispersal. The themes are given a regional and historical focus by treating peoples within the Tai-speaking regions of mainland South East Asia, namely the two basically Tai states, Thailand and Laos, and Tai areas in Burma, China, Vietnam and Malaysia. The book examines representations of non-Tai peoples by various Tai, and representations of Tai by others, and the related experiences of each as they have interacted with different Tai political spaces. The historical scope includes contemporary policy debates on 'nationalities; of 'minorities; policy in the light of earlier colonial and pre-colonial situations.

'I highly recommend Civility and Savagery to scholars of the history and culture of Tai-speaking peoples.' - The Australian Journal of Anthropology

Preface and Acknowledgements
List of Contributors
List of Maps
List of Illustrations
Inter-Ethnic Relations in Tai Political Domainsp. 1
Introduction to Civility and Savageryp. 3
Internal Histories and Comparisonsp. 33
The Others Within: Travel and Ethno-Spatial Differentiation of Siamese Subjects 1885-1910p. 38
The Differential Integration of Hill People into the Thai Statep. 63
Ritual Relations and Identity: Hmong and Othersp. 84
The Politics of Cosmology: An Introduction to Millenarianism and Ethnicity among Highland Minorities of Northern Thailandp. 104
Akha Internal History: Marginalization of the Ethnic Alliance Systemp. 122
Thai-Malay Borderlandsp. 159
The Historical Development of Thai-Speaking Muslim Communities in Southern Thailand and Northern Malaysiap. 162
Emergence and Transformation of Peripheral Ethnicity: Sam Sam on the Thai-Malaysian Borderp. 180
Laos: A Poly-Ethnic Statep. 201
A Princess in a People's Republic: A New Phase in the Construction of the Lao Nationp. 206
Nationalities Policy in Modern Laosp. 227
Tribal Politics in Laosp. 245
Tai-Ization: Ethnic Change in Northern Indo-Chinap. 263
Lanna and Neighboursp. 291
Autochthony and the Inthakhin Cult of Chiang Maip. 294
Tai Lue of Sipsongpanna and Muang Nan in the Nineteenth-Centuryp. 319
Ethnic Heterogeneity and Elephants in Nineteenth-Century Lanna Statecraftp. 330
Postscriptp. 349
A New Stage in Tai Regional Studies: The Challenge of Local Historiesp. 351
Illustrations: sources and notesp. 360
Indexp. 369
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780700711734
ISBN-10: 0700711732
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 18th May 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.08 x 16.36  x 2.59
Weight (kg): 0.89
Edition Number: 1