On this episode of New Books in Southeast Asian Research we journey with Craig J. Reynolds to the mid-south of Thailand within the first half of the 20th century, the place we meet with a legendary policeman who educated in martial arts and the occult in order to guard himself in mortal fight with harmful foes. That policeman was Butr Pantharak, also called Khun Phan. Although he already has fairly numerous biographers in Thai, Reynolds’ Energy, Safety and Magic in Thailand: The Cosmos of a Southern Policeman (ANU Press 2019) is the primary guide to inform the story of Khun Phan’s life and instances for English-language readers. It’s out there without spending a dime obtain from the ANU Press web site, the place it’s accompanied by a sequence of lovely movies that construct on the contents of every of its chapters, the making of which we talk about on this episode.
Thai-language readers may additionally be excited by Craig Reynold’s new assortment of essays, จดหมายจากสุดขอบโลก คิดคำนึงถึงอดีตในปัจจุบัน (Letters from the Fringe of the World: Pondering of the Previous within the Current, Sayam Press, 2022), which we discuss on the finish of the interview.
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Nick Cheesman is an Affiliate Professor within the Division of Political & Social Change, Australian Nationwide College. He hosts the New Books in Interpretive Political & Social Science sequence and contributes to the New Books in Southeast Asian Research channel on the New Books Community.