Straying from the course - Alternative history sources are changing how the young view Thai society

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Period2 Dec 2020

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  • TitleStraying from the course: Alternative history sources are changing how the young view Thai society
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletBangkok Post
    Media typeWeb
    CountryThailand
    Date2/12/20
    DescriptionLearning history from new sources has led to the "political awakening" underlying the youth-led movement's stance against "royalist nationalism", academics say.

    Anti-government demonstrations have swept the country for many months, calling for the ouster of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, charter amendments, and monarchy reform.

    Subverting polite language

    In recent months, opponents and even some of their own supporters have censured young protesters for their aggression and rudeness.

    Chavalin Svetanant, a linguistics lecturer at Macquarie University in Australia, said their use of language -- characterised by its impolite, satirical, and coded nature -- serves as a subversive weapon to challenge the status quo.

    "Thai politeness centres around hierarchical relationships. To deconstruct the perceived norm of politeness is to challenge hegemonic power whether it is acceptable or not. This is part of their democratic movement," she said.
    Producer/AuthorTHANA BOONLERT
    URLhttps://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2028507/straying-from-the-course
    PersonsChavalin Svetanant