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Manners have long been a central concern of Thai society. Kings, aristocrats, prime ministers, monks, army generals, politicians, poets, novelists, ournalists and teachers have produced a large corpus of literature that sets out models of appropriate behaviour. These include such things as how to stand, walk, sit, pay homage, prostrate oneself in the presence of high-status people, sleep, eat, manage bodily functions, dress, pay respect to superiors, deal with inferiors, socialize, and play. These modes of conduct have been taught or enforced by families, monasteries, court society, and, in the twentieth century, the state, through the education system, the bureaucracy, and the mass media. In this innovative new social history, based on Thai manners and etiquette manuals dating from the early nineteenth century to the late twentieth century, Patrick Jory presents the first ever history of manners in Thailand and challenges the idea of Western influence as the determinant of change in ideals of conduct.

Researcher biography


1988 - BA Hons (First Class), University of Western Australia

1998 - PhD (Southeast Asian History), Australian National University

Employment History

1995 - 2001: Department of Asian Studies, University of Western Australia

2001 - 2009: Regional Studies Program (Southeast Asia), Walailak University, Thailand

2011- : School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, University of Queensland

Edited volumes

Patrick Jory, ed., The Ghosts of the Past in Southern Thailand: Essays on the History and Historiography of Patani (Singapore: National University of Singapore Press, 2013).

Kamaruzzaman Bustamam-Ahmad and Patrick Jory, eds., Islamic Thought in Southeast Asia: New Interpretations and Movements (Kuala Lumpur: University of Malaya Press, 2013).

Kamaruzzaman Bustamam-Ahmad and Patrick Jory, eds., Islamic Studies and Islamic Education in Contemporary Southeast Asia (Kuala Lumpur: Yayasan Ilmuwan: 2011).

Michael J. Montesano and Patrick Jory, eds., Thai South and Malay North: Ethnic Interactions on a Plural Peninsula (Singapore: NUS Press, 2008).

Patrick Jory and Jirawat Saengthong, eds., Poet lok thurakit rang nok saen lan [Bird’s Nests: Secrets of a Billion Dollar Business] Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand Research Fund; Regional Studies Program, Walailak University, 2007 [in Thai].

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