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Silent no more

A brilliant survey of the cultural and political history of the Isan region

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Why have Northeasterners become such enthusiastic supporters for Thaksin Shinawatra, the Pheu Thai party and the red-shirt movement? Charles Keyes first arrived in the Northeast in 1962 as a research student in rural anthropology. After the 2010 crackdown on red shirts in Bangkok, he realised he had to rethink all he had learned and written about the region over the last 48 years. This book is the result. 

Finding Their Voice: Northeastern Villagers And The Thai State by Charles Keyes Silkworm Books, Chiang Mai ISBN 978-616-215-074-6, 650 baht

Keyes tells the story from the micro-viewpoint of the village and the macro-level of the region. The Maha Sarakham village he first studied in the 1960s was almost self-sufficient, very isolated, poor in material terms, bound in the little world of kinfolk, the village temple and the annual rice-growing cycle.

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