How have Thai manners and civility changed over time?
Patrick Jory’s book ‘A history of manners and civility in Thailand’, is a new social history based on Thai manners and etiquette manuals dating from the early nineteenth century to the late twentieth century.
It presents the first ever history of manners in Thailand and challenges the idea that Western influence is the determinant of change in ideals of good conduct.
Patrick teaches Southeast Asian History at the University of Queensland and is president of the Association of Mainland Southeast Asia Scholars.
I am an Associate Professor in Southeast Asian History at the University of Queensland. My teaching and research interests are in modern Thai and Southeast Asian cultural and political history.