International Relations as a Discipline in Thailand: Theory and Sub-fields, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

International Relations as a Discipline in Thailand

Theory and Sub-fields, 1st Edition

Edited by Chanintira na Thalang, Soravis Jayanama, Jittipat Poonkham


286 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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There has long been considerable debate about the nature of non-Western IR theory. Most attempts to understand such a phenomenon begin by taking a top-down approach on a country by country basis. Instead, this book takes a bottom-up approach, involving specialists from a range of Thai universities, revealing the contours of the Thai IR community. It examines the state of various sub-fields under the IR rubric in Thailand such as foreign policy analysis, security studies, international political economy and area studies, and how Thai thinkers in these fields have contributed to IR as a discipline and IR theory development in Thailand. In doing so, it identifies factors unique to Thai academia which have hindered the development of an indigenous-sourced theory as well as exploring the similarities shared with other non-Western contexts that have posed an obstacle to the creation of a more general non-Western IR theory.

Providing both an in-depth insight into the specific phenomena of Thai IR theory, and a broader perspective on the challenges of formulating non-Western IR theory, this book aims to push the debate on non-Western IR theory forward. It will be of particular interest to readers looking for a better understanding of IR theory in Thailand, but also for those more generally looking to formulate and characterise non-Western approaches to the discipline.

Table of Contents


Contributors Bio


1. Introduction (Chanintira na Thalang, Soravis Jayanama and Jittipat Poonkham)

2. Why is there no Thai (Critical) International Relations Theory? Great Debates Revisited, Critical Theory, and Dissensus of IR in Thailand (Jittipat Poonkham)

3. Minding the Gap: Poststructuralist IR Theory in Thailand (Soravis Jayanama)

4. Postcolonial Theoretical Proposals in Thai International Relations (Chyatat Supachalasai)

5. Foreign Policy Analysis in Thailand (M.L. Pinitbhand Paribatra)

6. International Political Economy in Thailand:A Discipline in Stagnation? (Pongkwan Sawasdipakdi)

7. Security Studies in Thailand (Kasira Cheeppensook)

8. Peace Research and International Relations in Thailand: Mutual Dismissal and Disengagement? (Janjira Sombatpoonsiri)

9. The State of International Relations (IR) as a Discipline in Southeast Asian Studies in Thailand (Chanintira na Thalang)

10. The State of International Relations Theories in ASEAN Studies in Thailand (Pinn Siraprapasiri)

11. European Studies in Thailand (Natthanan Kunnamas)

12. Why is the conceptualisation of and theoretical debates in Thai politics a more common occurrence than that of IR in Thailand? Comparing and reflecting on the state and status of politics and IR in Thailand (Chanintira na Thalang)

13. The End of a Thai International Relations (IR)? A Plea for the Empirical Foundations of Critical Theory (Kullada Kesboonchoo Mead and Jittipat Poonkham)


About the Editors

Chanintira na Thalang is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Political Science at Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Soravis Jayanama is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Political Science at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Jittipat Poonkham is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Political Science at Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand.

About the Series

IR Theory and Practice in Asia

This series will publish philosophical, theoretical, methodological and empirical work by prominent scholars, as well as that of emerging scholars, concerned with IR theory and practice in the context of Asia. It will engage with a wide range of issues and questions ranging from meta-theoretical underpinnings of existing Western-oriented IR theories to ways of theorising Asian histories and cultures.

What are we looking for?

While we are open to any exciting ideas for edited, single or co-authored work, we are currently inviting book proposals which intend to address the following areas:

  • Global IR
  • Critical test and application of IR theory in Asian contexts
  • IR scholarship in Asia
  • Asian international politics
  • Critical pedagogy of international studies
  • Sociology of IR scholarship
  • Asian theory of international relations (Chinese IR; Japanese IR; Korean IR; and IR in ASEAN)
  • Multiple (or competing) discourses about non-Western IR theory
  • Asian histories of international relations
  • Theoretical pluralism and fragmentation in IR
  • Dialogues and engagement in a pluralist IR

More specifically, the questions the series is interested in include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • What are the implications of the rise of Asia, and especially China, for IR as a discipline?
  • Through what mechanisms has Western IR theory dominated the discipline?
  • Why has IR, as a discipline, developed the way it has?
  • What are the distinctive features and teaching practices in Asian IR communities?
  • To what extent is Western IR theory useful in comprehending Asian international politics?
  • Do developments in contemporary Asia require new theoretical and methodological innovations?
  • Is the development of an Asian theory of IR desirable? If so, how might it be achieved?
  • Will efforts to develop Asian IR theory or schools lead IR to becoming a fragmented field of study?

If you have an idea for a new book in IR Theory and Practice in Asia, please send a written proposal to the Series Editors:

Yong-Soo Eun, Editor-in-Chief,

Shaun Breslin, Editor,

Kosuke Shimizu, Editor,

Ja Ian Chong, Editor,


Editorial Board Members:

Peter J. Katzenstein, Cornell University, USA

T.V. Paul, McGill University, Canada

Tim Dunne, University of Queensland, Australia

Colin Wight, University of Sydney, Australia

Shaun Breslin, University of Warwick, UK

Takashi Inoguchi, University of Niigata Prefecture, Japan

Timothy M. Shaw, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA

Ian Hall, Griffith University, Australia

Wookhee Shin, Seoul National University

Chris Hughes, University of Warwick, UK

Mark Beeson, University of Western Australia

Yongjin Zhang, Bristol University, UK

Cheng-Chwee Kuik, National University of Malaysia

Inanna Hamati-Ataya, University of Cambridge, UK

Ching Chang Chen, Ryukoku University, Japan

Emilian Kavalski, The University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Pinar Bilgin, Bilkent University, Turkey

Qin Yaqing, China Foreign Affairs University, China

Chanintira na Thalang, Thammasat University, Thailand

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General