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MEETINGS 2013-2019

445th Meeting at the Alliance Franšaise, Chiang Mai: “Cross National and Cross Cultural Education at Payap University”.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019.

A talk by Joel Selway.

The Talk:

Thainess (khwam pen thai) is an attribute deemed to be possessed by all true Thais, but one that has been used as a political tool throughout the ages and thus interpreted through the lens of political elites. But what exactly is Thainess? This talk discusses the results of what is the first survey-based exploration of this topic allowing us to understand what Thainess means to actual everyday Thais, rather than to political elites. The survey was conducted in Chiang Mai on a sample of around 2,000 and posed a simple open-ended question: What is Thainess? The responses were subsequently coded, allowing us to explore how these responses varied by various sectors of Northern Thai society.

The Speaker:

Joel Selway (Ph.D. 2009, University of Michigan) is an associate professor of political science at Brigham Young University and Director of the Political and Economy Development Labs (PEDL). He is also the chair of the board for the Southeast Asia Research Group (SEAREG). His research interests focus on ethnically divided societies, and especially on how to design democratic institutions to prevent conflict and enhance coordination over public goods provision. He has conducted fieldwork in Thailand, Laos, India and Mauritius. Selway is the author of "Coalitions of the Well-Being" with Cambridge University Press. His publications have appeared in World Politics, Political Analysis, Comparative Political Studies, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Journal of Asian Studies, among others.

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