Everyday (Anti-)Nationalization in Thailand: Power and Resistance in Khao Phra Wihan Conflict Narratives
Through a compilation of four research articles, this Ph.D. thesis investigates everyday life nationalization processes in Thailand in relation to expressions of power and resistance. How individuals sustain and challenge the performance of the Thai nation through social practices is in focus. In particular, the analysis examines how interlocutors describe everyday forms of power and resistance vis-à-vis the nation in conflict narratives around the Khao Phra Wihan temple. The thesis employs a phenomenological research position, with a focus on subjective experiences and uses material from fieldwork in Thailand. The analysis combines social constructivist theory on everyday nationalism with the theory on everyday resistance to analyze individuals’ participation in nationalization from a power/resistance perspective. The research contributes with conceptual and empirical insights to studies of nationalism with concepts of ‘affective self-nationalization’ (which captures the connection between the nationalist emotional socialization and individual experience of nationalizing) and ‘nationalist everyday resistance’. The study also contributes to resistance studies and the theorization of ‘everyday resistance’ through the conceptualizations of nationalist everyday resistance, online everyday resistance, evasive everyday resistance, re-categorative everyday resistance, and re-imaginative everyday resistance. This thesis also provides new empirical insights to Thai studies concerning nationalization and the Khao Phra Wihan temple.
Parts of work
Article 1: Gaber, K. (2019) ‘To Belong or Not to Belong: Affective Self-Nationalization in Thailand’, Political Psychology, Vol. 41, No. 2. pp. 323-341. ::doi::10.1111/pops.12617Article 2: Gaber, K. (2018) ‘Disturbing the Nationalist Imaginary. Everyday Resistance to Nationalism in the Thai-Cambodian Borderland’, Journal of Politi-cal Power, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp. 403-418. ::doi::10.1080/2158379X.2018.1525178Article 3: Gaber, K. (2018) ‘Contesting the Thai Hyper-Royalist Nationalist Imaginary through Infrapolitical Everyday Resistance Online’, International Jour-nal of Conflict and Reconciliation, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 1-21. https://www.scribd.com/document/398565783/Contesting-the-Thai-Hyper-Royalist-Nationalist-Imaginary-through-Infrapolitical-Everyday-Resistance-OnlineArticle 4: ‘Everyday Nationalizing in the Asoke Movement. Constructing Na-tionalism around Territorial Loss, Corruption, Western Influence, and Everyday Routine in Thailand’, under review at Nations and Nationalism
Doctor of Philosophy
Göteborgs universitet. Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten
University of Gothenburg. Faculty of Social Sciences
School of Global Studies, Peace and Development Research ; Institutionen för globala studier, freds- och utvecklingsforskning
11 september, klockan 13:15 i Linnésalen, Mediehuset, Campus Linné Seminariegatan 1A, Göteborg.
Date of defence
Khao Phra Wihan/Preah Vihear
nation (-alism, -alizing, -alist)