Thailand’s politics of politeness: Qualities of a Gentleman and the making of ‘Thai manners'

Jory, Patrick (2015) Thailand’s politics of politeness: Qualities of a Gentleman and the making of ‘Thai manners'. South East Asia Research, 23 3: 357-375. doi:10.5367/sear.2015.0271


Author Jory, Patrick
Title Thailand’s politics of politeness: Qualities of a Gentleman and the making of ‘Thai manners'
Formatted title
Thailand’s politics of politeness: Qualities of a Gentleman and the making of ‘Thai manners'
Journal name South East Asia Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0967-828X
2043-6874
Publication date 2015-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5367/sear.2015.0271
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 23
Issue 3
Start page 357
End page 375
Total pages 19
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher I P Publishing
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
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 expanding royal bureaucracy. This article examines the most famous of these didactic texts, Qualities of a Gentleman, written by the prominent educational reformer Chaophraya Phrasadet Surentharathibodi (1867–1916). Largely as a result of this work, the royal official became the new exemplar of proper social behaviour in Thai society. With the conservative political turn and the restoration of the monarchy in the late 1950s, the work was revived, and the social etiquette it taught was reproduced as the model not only for government officials, but for Thai citizens generally.
Keyword Manners
Education
Monarchy
Gentleman
Buddhism
Thailand
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2016 Collection
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