New Article : Educating for citizenship in a fragile democracy: interrogating civic agenda in Thai higher education. Journal of Comparative and International Education


In light of socio-political dynamics at play in contemporary Thailand, higher education (HE) is becoming an important site for citizenship learning. This article interrogates priorities and practices of civic/citizenship education in Thai universities. Data was collected through in-depth interviews with leadership in five public universities across Thailand. Findings suggest that civic/citizenship education serves various goals. Despite the call for HE to respond

to societal crisis, the discursive practices of formal civic/citizenship education in Thai universities function not only to maintain the state ideology by producing responsible citizens but also serve to

supply adaptable and voluntary-minded employees for the market. Thai universities also appropriates civic/citizenship learning for their own institutional branding. In the context where democracy is

undermined, civic/citizenship education is depoliticised.

Dr. Vachararutai Boontinand
Director of Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University

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