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Title: Who should be considered ‘Indigenous’? A survey of ethnic groups in northern Thailand
Authors: Ian G. Baird
Prasit Leepreecha
Urai Yangcheepsutjarit
Keywords: Social Sciences
Issue Date: 2-Oct-2017
Abstract: © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. On 22 May 2014, the Thai military conducted a coup d’état and discarded the previous constitution. In April 2015, a new draft constitution was prepared. Although eventually rejected by the military, it represented an exciting moment for activists, as it recognized the existence of ‘indigenous peoples’ (referred to as chon pheun muang in the draft). This prompted us to conduct interviews in 2015–2016 with people belonging to four different ethnic groups and living mainly in Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand: the Lua, Khon Muang, Hmong, and Lisu, in order to determine their understandings of who should be considered ‘indigenous peoples’, and what rights should they have. The findings indicate that there is considerable variation amongst people regarding the meaning of the term ‘indigenous peoples’; who should be considered indigenous; and what rights those defined as being indigenous should be entitled to.
ISSN: 14692953
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