Virtual Thailand: The Media and Cultural Politics in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Virtual Thailand

The Media and Cultural Politics in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, 1st Edition

By Glen Lewis


228 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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Written by an established expert on Thailand, this is one of the first books to fully investigate the Thai media’s role during the Thaksin government’s first term. Incorporating political economy and media theory, the book provides a unique insight into globalization in Southeast Asia, analyzing the role of communications and media in regional cultural politics.

Examining the period from the mid 1990s, Lewis makes a sustained comparison between Thailand and its neighbouring countries in relation to the media, business, politics and popular culture. Covering issues including business development, tourism, the Thai movie industry and the war on terror, the book argues that globalization as it relates to media, can be patterned on Thai experiences.

Table of Contents

1. Singapore, KL, and Bangkok as Rival Communications Centres 2. Development and Democratization: The 1997 Asian Crisis 3. The Military, the Media and Moral Panics 4. Media Reform and Civil Society in ‘Amazing Thailand’ 5. The Thai Movie Renaissance 6. Tourism and Terrorism in Mainland Southeast Asia

About the Series

Rethinking Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is a dynamic and rapidly-changing region which continues to defy predictions and challenge formulaic understandings. This series will publish cutting-edge work on the region, providing a venue for books that are readable, topical, interdisciplinary and critical of conventional views. It aims to communicate the energy, contestations and ambiguities that make Southeast Asia both consistently fascinating and sometimes potentially disturbing.

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Subject Categories

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