In Plain Sight: Impunity and Human Rights in Thailand (New Perspectives in SE Asian Studies) (Hardcover)

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Following a 1932 coup d'état in Thailand that ended absolute monarchy and established a constitution, the Thai state that emerged has suppressed political dissent through detention, torture, forced reeducation, disappearances, assassinations, and massacres. In Plain Sight shows how these abuses, both hidden and occurring in public view, have become institutionalized through a chronic failure to hold perpetrators accountable. Tyrell Haberkorn's deeply researched revisionist history of modern Thailand highlights the legal, political, and social mechanisms that have produced such impunity and documents continual and courageous challenges to state domination.

About the Author

Tyrell Haberkorn is an associate professor in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is the author of Revolution Interrupted: Farmers, Students, Law, and Violence in Northern Thailand.

Praise For…

"Powerfully uncovers and documents many episodes of state intimidation and violence in postwar Thailand. Haberkorn deftly probes the nature and domestic actions of the Thai state and holds it accountable for its own history." —Ben Kiernan, author of The Pol Pot Regime and Vit Nam

"This stunning new book goes far beyond Thailand's heartrending experience of serial dictatorship without accountability and state formation grounded on impunity for crime. Haberkorn also compellingly engages Thailand's place in the rise of human rights m

"Required reading for anyone who wants to understand modern Thailand. Haberkorn reveals a state where political violence is normalized as it has established and maintained a narrow royalist and elitist regime." —Kevin Hewison, editor of Political Change in Thailand

Product Details
ISBN: 9780299314408
ISBN-10: 0299314405
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication Date: January 9th, 2018
Pages: 376
Language: English
Series: New Perspectives in SE Asian Studies