Rituals of National Loyalty

An Anthropology of the State and the Village Scout Movement in Thailand

Katherine A. Bowie

Columbia University Press

Rituals of National Loyalty

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Pub Date: July 1997

ISBN: 9780231103916

392 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $40.00£30.00

Rituals of National Loyalty

An Anthropology of the State and the Village Scout Movement in Thailand

Katherine A. Bowie

Columbia University Press

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In the 1970s, the Thai state organized the Village Scout movement to counter communist insurgency. The movement was soon used to thwart growing demands for democratic reform, recruiting five million members to become the largest mass organization in Thai history, and, mobilized by the military-controlled media, helped topple a civilian government and restore military rule. This book bridges both the macro and micro levels of analysis to place the dynamics of a national political movement within a richly detailed account of its working at the village level.

About the Author

Katherine A. Bowie is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.