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Student Activism in AsiaBetween Protest and Powerlessness$
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Meredith L. Weiss and Edward Aspinall

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816679683

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816679683.001.0001

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Thailand: The Cultural Politics of Student Resistance

Thailand: The Cultural Politics of Student Resistance

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Student Activism in Asia

Prajak Kongkirati

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the intellectual movement and the decline of student activism in Thailand. Students played a crucial role in Thailand’s national politics in from 1950s to 1970s. Students forged a close alliance with intellectuals during the period of military dictatorship, to provide the movement with intellectual and material resources crucial for activism. However, youth activism in Thailand declined after the Right-wing movements and the Thai state massacred several youth activists on October 6, 1976. Though individual students and groups have been intermittently involved in politics, they have not yet regained the strength and influence they had during the 1970s.

Keywords:   intellectual movement, student activism, Thai state, Right-wing, military dictatorship

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