28 September 2018
Urbanized Villagers in Cambodia and Thailand: The Politics of Social Dislocation
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28 September 2018, 13:15 - 15:15

Subaltern Meeting Room, RCSD, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University

In this presentation, Duncan McCargo discusses the phenomenon of urbanized villagers. Scholars of Southeast Asia have typically divided people into two major categories, urban and rural. But what happens to those who fall nearly in neither category, or belong equally to both?

In Cambodia and Thailand, election outcomes are largely determined by the preferences of people who work mainly in and around the capital city, but are legally registered to vote in their 'home' villages. He will discuss the social and political impacts of this split identity phenomenon and ways in which the associated problems might best be addressed.

Duncan McCargo is professor of political science at the University of Leeds and visiting professor of political science at Columbia University in the City of New York. He has published widely on Thailand's politics and is a regular visitor to Cambodia.