Contesting Isan‐ness: discourses of politics and identity in Northeast Thailand

  title={Contesting Isan‐ness: discourses of politics and identity in Northeast Thailand},
  author={Duncan Mccargo and Krisadawan Hongladarom},
  journal={Asian Ethnicity},
  pages={219 - 234}
This paper discusses the idea of Isan (Northeastern Thai) ethnoregional identity, and its relationship with two major alternative ideas: Thai identity and Lao identity. Drawing on ethnolinguistic research, the paper argues that Isan identity is a problematic political construct, reflecting ambiguous self‐understandings and self‐representations on the part of Northeasterners. Northeasterners are engaged in a negotiation process about their relationships with Thai and Lao identities… 
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