PROFESSIONAL STRANGER , Doing Thailand During its Most Violent Decade: A Field Diary relates the adventure of doing anthropology in an unruly period, whose events sometimes affected the research. The story is basically concerned with the process of coming to grips with the logic of Thai life, such as formally recorded in Everyday Life in Thailand; An Interpretation and Inside Thai Society. The present narrative, however, links the insights gained directly to raw data and experiences, and so provides light-hearted and serious reading at the same time.
Niels Mulder is an extensively published anthropologist who has for many years worked in Southeast Asia. These extracts from his field diary 1975-78 illuminate his thinking at the time, and events and attitudes in urban and rural Thailand during the upheavals of that very violent period. With black-and-white photographs and chronology.