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Commodifying Marxism
The Formation of Modern Thai Radical Culture
by Kasian Tejapira
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Tejapira reveals the cultural and political interactions resulting in a mutual transformation of exogenous Marxism and indigenous Thai culture, from the introduction of Sino-Vietnamese communism during the absolute monarchy of the 1920s to the 1950s when, under the military regime, it emerged as a particularly Thai phenomenon. Marxism/communism entered the post-war Thai cultural market through printed commodities, whose demand, supply and reproduction followed the volatile and violent tide of international and domestic events. It was paradoxically diffused but dissolved by capitalist publishing, censored yet promoted by anti-communist authoritarian regimes.

Published by Trans Pacific Press
Published 2001, 390 pp.
ISBN 4 87698 452 2, hardback, 48.00
ISBN 1 876843 98 5, paperback, 19.99