Accession Number : AD0825915

Title :   THAI CULTURE ASSIMILATOR. BOOK I,

Corporate Author : ILLINOIS UNIV URBANA GROUP EFFECTIVENESS RESEARCH LAB

Personal Author(s) : Foa,Uriel ; Mitchell,Terry ; Santhai,Sutitha ; Wichiarajote,Nuanpen ; Wichiarajote,Weerayudh

Report Date : 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 211

Abstract : The Thai social structure is based upon the rationale of a close parallel between the society and the family at large. The relationships 'natural' to the family are viewed as prototypes for the vastly more extended relationships of the society. Thus, the emphasis upon power based upon age and position which we have seen to be characteristic of the family is equally characteristic of the whole society. Society in the Thai eyes consists of a large number of small social units, such as the family, the village, the guild, etc. Each unit consists in turn of individuals varying greatly in their intellectual and physical capabilities due to different Boonvasana (merits done in the previous life). Because of these inequalities which are taken for granted, it is inevitable that class differences should exist to a certain degree. The social order, in other words, is a rationalization of existing human inequalities. The social structure is now in the process of change as a result of modernization and pressures which are characteristic of technological development and social change. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, *THAILAND), BEHAVIOR, GROUP DYNAMICS, ADJUSTMENT(PSYCHOLOGY), ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), SOCIAL COMMUNICATION, PUBLIC RELATIONS, PROGRAMMED INSTRUCTION, TEXTBOOKS

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE