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The politicization of ethnic sentiments in Southern Thailand: The case of the Malay Muslims


Taya, Shamsuddin L. (2010) The politicization of ethnic sentiments in Southern Thailand: The case of the Malay Muslims. In: The Third International Conference on International Studies (ICIS 2010), 1st-2nd December 2010, Hotel Istana Kuala Lumpur. College of Law, Government and International Studies, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, pp. 1-13. ISBN 9789832078456

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Abstract

This study analyzes the politicization of ethnic sentiments in Thailand with particular focus on Southern Thailand. It is divided into six parts. The first part examines the relationship between the Thailand’s political system and the minority groups within it. The second part explains the impact of ethnic politics in the Thailand’s political system. The third part discusses the function of ethnic politics. The fourth part examines the organizational base of ethnic politics in the region. The fifth part discusses the patterns of ethnic politics that have developed over the years. And the sixth part synthesizes the theories and practices of ethnic politics in the region. The data for this analysis came from both primary and secondary sources. The study found that the politicization of ethnic sentiment was by product of structural inequalities in the socio-political and economic domains of the Thailand’s society which play important role in intensifying conflicts. As a result, the Malay Muslims ethnic group established their own ethnic associations or organizations which are responsible for the development of strong group identification leading to the emergence of secessionist groups in Southern Thailand that threaten the core values of the Royal Kingdom of Thailand.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Jointly organised by Ministry of Higher Education, UUM College of Law, Government & International Studies (UUM COLGIS) and Association of International Studies Malaysia (AIS)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: College of Law, Government and International Studies
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2011 07:30
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2011 04:10
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/2484

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