Performing the Isan Subject: Spirit Mediums and Ritual Embodiment in a Transitional Agrarian Society
This thesis examines spirit mediumship in Chaiyaphum, a province in northeast Thailand. It explores the subjectivity, sociality, personhood, and religiosity of Isan people in relation to modern processes of state formation and socio-economic change. Based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Chaiyaphum, the thesis maps the rich pantheon and networks of spirit mediums in this province and pays close attention to ritual embodiment, performativity and ...[Show more]
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