The research carried out by RCSD faculty members and regional partners has highlighted the impacts of regionalization and economic development in a number of areas, in particular with regard to transnational migration, urban development and the impacts of environmental changes on a variety of social groups, as well as on poverty and health. These research findings have been published in the form of monographs and a series of working papers. A number of papers presented at RCSD conferences and regional seminars have also been published as collected volumes.


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Research Reports

CPRI 07: The Practice of Learning among Shan Migrant Workers in Chiang Mai
Kyaw Kyaw Min Htut

Chiang Mai hosts a large population of immigrant workers from Myanmar, the majority of them Shan (Thai Yai). Learning is essential to establishing their new lives and social networks in Thailand.  Most of them have had only elementary education in Burma. They have to learn to speak, read, and write Thai. Many also take advantage of educational facilities available in Thailand to study English, other languages, computer science, and vocational courses. Some aspire to higher education; others put their new-found learning to use in Burma, or to improve their work status in Thailand.

The writer stresses the importance of non-institutional learning, eg practicing Thai with neighbours and at work; learning new skills at work; learning about Thai culture from personal interactions and the media – TV, radio, journals.

Published through Chiang Mai University Press

Publication date : February 2018 Price : 300 Baht / 10 US$

CPRI 06: Burmese-Muslim Social Networks in the Borderland - A Case Study of Islam Bamroon Muslim Community in Mae Sot, Thailand
Wahyu Koncoro

Burmese Muslims have been successful in socio-economically adapting to life in Mae Sot. When they first arrive, family and ethnicity relations are their base social network which helps them access needs such as shelter and work. This network has broadened with their participation in religious activities alongside other Muslim communities. Being Muslim has also allowed Burmese Muslims access to religious networks and social and cultural facilities, and to connect with transnational Islamic networks throughout Thailand. Burmese Muslims become involved through a mix of faith and as adaptive strategy to negotiate with state agencies to access and accumulate multiple forms of capital. 

This thesis argues that ethnic identity is a state construction, then re-worked and re-presented in a variety of ways by different people and groups. The meaning of ethnic identity is not only related to imagined ethnic boundaries, but also as cultural capital that connects people or units with broader socio-cultural, economic and political networks.

Published through Chiang Mai University Press

Publication date : February 2018 Price : 420 Baht / 14 US$

CPRI 05: Japanese Retirement Migration in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Miwa Shibuya

Miwa Shibuya has conducted  fascinating research looking at the lives of Japanese retirees in Chiang Mai; what motivates them to spend their old age in a foreign country; why Thailand, and why Chiang Mai? What do they enjoy about it, what they don’t enjoy, and what are their worries for the future—especially the provision of health care?

By way of background, the book looks at Japanese demography—Japan has the world’s highest percentage of elderly—Japanese social security and pension legislation, Japanese social conformism, and changing generational relationships in Japan.

Published through Chiang Mai University Press

Publication date : February 2018 Price : 350 Baht / 12 US$

CPRI 04: The Decline of Thailand’s Stand-alone Movie Theaters - Contraction of the Urban Commons
Philip Jablon

Through much of the twentieth century, stand-alone theaters were a social space which many people in Thailand considered part of the urban commons. They were social and economic centers, for people to meet and easily exchange information, goods and services under the auspices of entertainment. But new trends in development saw them slip into obsolescence by the end of the 20th century.

This book examines the decline of the stand-alone movie theater across Thailand. While attributed to changes in technology and consumer behavior, this study delves deeper into the causes and attempts to reconstruct how state-initiated development schemes combined with vertically integrated economic practices within Thailand's movie industry further contributed to the loss of stand-alone movie theaters and the urban commons as a whole.

Published through Chiang Mai University Press

Publication date : February 2018 Price : 300 Baht / 10 US$

CPRI 03: Commoditization of Culture in an Ethnic Community - The ‘Long-Necked’ Kayan (Padaung) in Mae Hong Son, Thailand
Phone Myint Oo

Originally from Burma/Myanmar near the country’s southeastern border with Thailand, the Kayan (Padaung) people have found themselves encumbered not only by ethnic and political strife in their homeland, but also by their own unique tradition of permanently adorning their daughters with brass rings to elongate their necks. This has made the Kayan a major tourist attraction, as well as a target for exploitation on both sides of the border.

Phone Myint Oo’s landmark study reveals rapidly evolving cultural values among the Kayan, with views about whether or not to continue wearing the rings varying between older and younger generations. While many elders have resigned themselves and consider it relatively acceptable to exist as objects of tourism in what have been described by the UN as ‘human zoos’ in Thailand, the majority of younger Kayan now perceive their traditional neck-rings as tools of control and oppression.

Published by Chiang Mai University Press

Publication date : February 2018 Price : 280 Baht / 9 US$

CPRI 02: Living with Opium - Livelihood Strategies among Rural Highlanders in Southern Shan State, Myanmar
Khun Moe Htun

Myanmar/Burma accounts for 18% of global opium supply. Despite the international ‘War on Drugs,’ opium poppy continues to be cultivated in Myanmar as a way to generate profit and as political tool to counter ethnic resistance and ideological insurgenc.

Khun Moe Htun’s research reveals the factors that have contributed to the development of opium farming in upland Shan State, as well as elements contributing to today’s flourishing production. His work examines livelihood strategies used by farmers to cope with risk and vulnerability, and analyzes the opium-related discourses of the Myanmar government, regional agencies, international organizations, and local eradication campaigns.

Published through Chiang Mai University Press

Publication date : February 2018 Price : 300 Baht / 10 US$

CPRI 01: Spaces of Exception - Shifting Strategies of the Kokang Chinese along the Myanmar/China Border
Myint Myint Kyu

Myint Myint Kyu’s study explores the results of government administrative decentralization in the Myanmar's Kokang Self-Administered Zone along the Myanmar-China border. This move has created an array of unique political, cultural, and economic ‘spaces of exception’ within this part of the country. The author’s research reveals how local people have adapted various strategies to sustain their livelihoods—from opium cultivation to small-scale trade and the informal economic sector, including drug trafficking, smuggling, and gambling along the porous border between Myanmar and China, its neighbor to the north.

Published through Chiang Mai University Press

Publication date : February 2018 Price : 330 Baht / 11 US$

CDSSEA 21: Resettlement Impact on Poor Households: Gender-based analysis of a railway project in Battambang, Cambodia
Seam Hak

The eviction of people has a deep impact on gender, property rights and the status of income, occupation, employment, education, health, and environment. When we are talking about a threatened community, women clearly face more obstacles than men: besides being considered responsible for housework, they also need regular jobs, for which they are paid lower salaries than men.

This research assesses the effects of eviction on a series of households in Battambang, Cambodia, affected by a railway rehabilitation project. The specific objective of the research was to focus on gender impacts, in all forms. Hopefully, these evidence-based findings can push government decision-makers to develop better policies for eviction and relocation.

Publication date : August 2018 Price : 250 Baht / 8 US$

CDSSEA 20: Workplace Stigma and Discrimination against LGBTs in Cambodia
Hep Sreyleak

LGBT minorities in Cambodia have had limited rights in expressing their gender identity in the workplace. Various forms of stigma and discrimination have been made against them and they have suffered from violence, including sexual harassment, emotional violence and economic violence. This research was based on a sample of respondents who were self-identified lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender who had already experienced and currently experienced stigma and discrimination concerning their gender at work.

This study explored the diversity of experiences regarding stigma and discrimination across different sectors and how individuals coped with issues they faced in the workplace. Discrimination in the workplace against LGBTs was largely influenced by social and cultural attitudes between people in society. The issue impacted on LGBTs emotionally, which resulted in the deterioration of both their life and profession.

Publication date : September 2018 Price : 250 Baht / 8 US$

CDSSEA 19: Vulnerability and Adaptation of Women Aquaculturalists to Climate Change
Nguyen Thi Thu Ha

In Vietnam, fisheries and aquaculture are the second most important livelihood source after rice production. Women play a crucial role in small-scale aquaculture. Vietnam has been badly affected by climate change and due to its geographical location is likely to be one of the most significantly impacted countries going into the future. Coastal areas in Vietnam are vulnerable to frequent typhoons, storm surges, flash floods, droughts and saline water intrusion. Climate change is making these phenomena more acute. Women aquaculturists rely on marine resources— seaweed, fishing, clams and shrimps—that are worst affected by climate change. Facilities are destroyed. Saline intrusion into drinking water sources means women have to spend more time fetching water. They also have to spend more money­— on repairs, re-stocking, and food for the family. They have problems obtaining credit, and worries about repaying loans if repaired facilities are destroyed by the next storm.

This report looks at how well informed and prepared these women are for the effects of climate change, and what steps are available to them to mitigate their vulnerability.

Publication date : September 2018 Price : 250 Baht / 8 US$
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