author={Duncan McCargo},
  journal={Critical Asian Studies},
  pages={627 - 642}
  • D. McCargo
  • Published 5 November 2012
  • Political Science
  • Critical Asian Studies
Thailand's monastic politics are in turmoil. No longer can the sangha be written off as a political force and viewed simply as a fount of legitimacy for the nation and the monarchy. The role played by a few hundred pro-Thaksin “redshirt” monks in the March to May 2010 mass demonstrations testified to growing unease within the rank-and-file monkhood, which is drawn from the same regions and segments of society as the redshirt movement more generally. But beyond these overt displays of… 
Royal Succession and the Politics of Religious Purification in Contemporary Thailand
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This article adds nuance to the classical account depicting Thailand as a secularized country by documenting how Buddhism informs constitutional thought and practices in contemporary Thailand.
Monkish Politics in Southeast Asia: Religious disenfranchisement in comparative and theoretical perspective*
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Thailand: “It Is Time to Arm Thai Buddhists”
  • P. Lehr
  • Political Science
    Militant Buddhism
  • 2018
In the case of Thailand, very similar mechanisms are at work when it comes to the rise of extremist Buddhism—yet, there are important differences: on the one hand, outbreaks of militant Buddhism seem
Abstract In accordance with Thai conceptions of Buddhist kingship, Thai rulers have felt obliged to devote considerable energies towards the promotion and protection of Buddhism. Over the past
In accordance with Thai conceptions of Buddhist kingship, Thai rulers have felt obliged to devote considerable energies towards the promotion and protection of Buddhism. Over the past century (and
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Who votes for virtue? Religion and party choice in Thailand’s 2019 election
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The political economy of state patronage of religion: Evidence from Thailand
  • Tomas Larsson
  • Political Science
    International Political Science Review
  • 2018
Deciding the character and level of official patronage of religion are fundamental questions for all states. Yet we know next to nothing about the determinants of such patronage. Are democratic
Rezim Baru Monarki Thailand: Antara Darurat Militer Dan Kesejahteraan Sosial Di Wilayah Selatan
Muslim communities in Southern Thailand have experienced in discrimination among in economic, social, and politics. This condition has even occurred in the last seven decades under King Bhumibol


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The Politics of Buddhist identity in Thailand's deep south: The Demise of civil religion?
  • D. Mccargo
  • Sociology
    Journal of Southeast Asian Studies
  • 2009
This article sets out to criticise arguments by scholars such as Charles Keyes and Donald Swearer, who have framed their readings of Thai Buddhism through a lens of ‘civic’ or ‘civil’ religion.
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The rise of Wat Phra Dhammakaya as a well-organized urban Buddhist movement is undeniably unique in the history of Thailand. After three and a half decades, the wat is now a well-established
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After a two-month stand-off between Red Shirt protestors and the government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, violence and arson scarred central Bangkok in mid-May 2010. This shocking turn of
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During the first half of this century the forests of Thailand were home to wandering ascetic monks. They were Buddhists, but their brand of Buddhism did not copy the practices described in ancient
Civil religion in America
WmxE some have argued that Christianity is the national faith, and others that church and synagogue celebrate only the generalized religion of "the American Way of life," few have reahzed that there
Urbanized villagers in the 2010 Thai Redshirt Protests: Not just poor farmers?
This article argues that a more nuanced understanding is needed of the social composition of the redshirt protests in Bangkok from March-May 2010. Based on extensive interviews and survey research,
Rainganwijai: kansang kwamprongdonghaengchat
  • 2012