Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm
640 Stewart Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
"Relapse Symptoms: The Rise of Authoritarianism in Thailand"
Claudio Sopranzetti, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford University
Since the end of the Cold War Thailand has been the poster child of democratization processes in Southeast Asia. Students protests, farmers' activisms, a thriving civil society and expandind middle classes seemed to make the country to a model of successful democratic transition. In the last decades, however, many of the forces that supported that process turn sour toward electoral politics. This talk explores how that happened--in term of new class alliances, discourses of corruption and morality, and legalism--and casts Thailand as a space of experimentation for a new model of authoritarianism, inspired by the Beijing and spreading throughout the region.
Co-sponsored by the Cornell Department of Anthropology