Thai Literature in semi-academic pocketbooks (2015-2019 A.D.): The production and dissemination of knowledge outside the Fundamental Thai Textbook ‘Wannakhadivichak’ (2008 A.D.)


  • Vannaporn Phongpheng


Semi-academic pocketbooks, Thai Literature, Field of Pierre Bourdieu, Sociology of Literature


This study aims at analyzing the production and dissemination of Thai literature in semi-academic pocketbooks (2015-2019 A.D.), as compared to the Fundamental Thai Textbook ‘Wannakhadivichak’ (2008 A.D.) by applying the concept of Pierre Bourdier regarding the sociology of literature and the “field”. The study found that the process of production and dissemination of Thai literature textbooks has sustained the cultural structure of national education. It can be seen that the content in textbooks reveals the criteria used for the type selection based on Thai literature heritage produced by the Royal Society of Literature and that produced by elite scholars of Siam. In this production process, didactic literature has been selected to be the important data to explain the value of literature as an esthetic production of elite writers and a reflection of traditional Thai society and culture. Such a process is different from the production of non-textbooks, where it was found that such textbooks are produced by those outside the Thai literature field. The content of such textbooks aims to explain bits of knowledge outside textbooks and question the concept of values in mainstream Thai literaturetextbooks. The production of non-textbook outside the national education system results in limited audiences, short-term life and inconsistent dissemination. KnowledgeofThai literature is a cultural capital for academicians inside and outside the field of literature. For insiders, knowledge of literature contributes to an academic network in the national education system; whereas for outsiders, Thai literature is to make income and provide visibility in publication and modern knowledge platforms. In conclusion, this study reveals that the characteristics of knowledge bargaining in the field of Thai literature still clings to the national education system because of the transformation of the function of Thai literature by the national education sector.

Author Biography

Vannaporn Phongpheng

Lecturer in Thai Program, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Mahidol University


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How to Cite

Phongpheng, V. (2023). Thai Literature in semi-academic pocketbooks (2015-2019 A.D.): The production and dissemination of knowledge outside the Fundamental Thai Textbook ‘Wannakhadivichak’ (2008 A.D.). Journal of Thai Studies, 18(1), 121–160. Retrieved from



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