Dr. Yukti Mukdawijitra

Yukti Mukdawijitra is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology at Thammasat University in Thailand. He received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. His research interests include ethnographic representation, ethnicity, linguistic anthropology, and political anthropology. His book Aan watthanatham chumchon: wathasin lae kanmuang khong chatiphan niphon naew watthanatham chumchon (Reading “community culture”: poetics and politics of watthanatham chumchon ethnography) (2005) uses “writing culture” framework to deconstruct communitarian movement in Thailand. His Ph.D. dissertation “Ethnicity and Multilingualism: The Case of Ethnic Tai in the Vietnamese Nation-State” (2007) explores politics of language and writing system to see how ethnic minority languages play roles in nation-state formation in Vietnam. Currently, in order to understand political crisis in recent Thailand, Yukti is heading a research project to explore a shifting political landscape of Thailand.

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