Thailand's Politics of Politeness: Qualities of a Gentleman and the Making of ‘Thai Manners’

  title={Thailand's Politics of Politeness: Qualities of a Gentleman and the Making of ‘Thai Manners’},
  author={P. Jory},
  journal={South East Asia Research},
  pages={357 - 375}
  • P. Jory
  • Published 2015
  • Sociology
  • South East Asia Research
Appropriate personal conduct has long been intrinsic to notions of Thai national identity. Thailand has an especially large corpus of didactic works on proper manners. Formerly, one of the major sources of ideas about bodily comportment was Theravada Buddhism. From the late nineteenth century, however, another genre of literature on manners began to appear, written to instruct students in the newly established modern education system about the personal qualities necessary for a career in the… Expand
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