(Article of book - 2003)

Document title

The assembly of the poor in Thailand : from local struggles to national protest movement

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)



In the beginning of 1997 a coalition of rural villagers and urban slum dwellers from every region of Thailand commenced a mass demonstration of 25.000 people in front of the Government House in Bangkok. As nonviolent, demonstrators refuse to move until the government responded to their petition. It was the first scale attempt to force the authorities to address their grievances, many of which involved large-scale development project that adversely affected their communities. The A. chronicles the development of this national protest movement, analyzing its origins, strategies, and goals within the context of a growing democratic and civil society. The work is divided in 9 chapters : 1- Introduction, 2- Origins, 3- From Local Struggles to National Social Movement : An overview of the Assembly. 4- The Rise of a Villagers’ Movement : a case study of the Mun River Villagers’Committee. 5- "Candles in the Darkness" or a "Third Hand" ? NGO Activists in the Movement. 6- The Village of the Poor Confronts the State : the Life of a Protest. 7- Democratizing Civil Society Grassroots Democracy and Power within the Assembly, 8- Thailand’s Economic Crisis and the Assembly of the Poor, 9- Conclusion: Sources of Power and Social Transformation. - (GL)



ISBN : 974-9575-28-8

Editor : silkworm Books, Chiang Mai - THAILANDE (2003)

Millesime : 2003  [237 p.]

Bibliographic references : 9 p.

Collation : 2 fig., 2 tabl., 16 phot., 3 cartes, index




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