ASEASUK News 58 (2015)
Abingdon, New York: Routledge, 2015
210pp., ISBN 978-1-1138-02268-3 hbk US$160.00
Elisa Brewis, UCL Institute of Education, University of London
This book follows on from Rattana Lao’s doctoral research, which focussed on recent quality policies in the Thai Higher Education sector (Lao 2012). Here, however, Lao analyses the evolution of Thai Higher Education reforms more broadly, spanning an entire century. Although it focuses on the education sector, the book could be described as an exploration of Thailand’s political, economic and cultural relationship with the West. In her own words, it ‘offers the possibility of using the field of education as a site to theorize the logic and structure of the Thai state’ (p. 188).