Thai cyber-actors : evidence of an Islamophobic effect

Andre, Virginie 2016, Thai cyber-actors : evidence of an Islamophobic effect. In Pratt, Douglas and Woodlock, Rachel (ed), Fear of Muslims? International perspectives on Islamophopia, Springer, Cham, Switzerland, pp.111-130, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-29698-2_8.

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Title Thai cyber-actors : evidence of an Islamophobic effect
Author(s) Andre, Virginie
Title of book Fear of Muslims? International perspectives on Islamophopia
Editor(s) Pratt, Douglas
Woodlock, Rachel
Publication date 2016
Series Boundaries of religious freedom : regulating religion in diverse societies
Chapter number 7
Total chapters 14
Start page 111
End page 130
Total pages 21
Publisher Springer
Place of Publication Cham, Switzerland
Keyword(s) Islamophobia
Patani Muslims
Southern Thailand conflict
Jihad 2.0
internet militancy
YouTube warfare
Thai exclusivism
Summary The long-standing Patani Muslim separatist resistance of Southern Thailand is not one that is well known, and its contemporaneous spill over onto the Internet even less so. The more radical Patani online propaganda is in fact symptomatic of the relocation of the struggle within the sphere of influence of global jihadism, distancing itself from the ethno-nationalism characteristic of a previous generation of fighters. New media propaganda, in particular Jihad 2.0, has opened a new sphere of influence to the Patani neojihadist movement, allowing the militants to expand their propaganda campaign to a wider audience, while reaching out to a younger Melayu public. While Jihad 2.0 has presented the resistance movement with new ways to diffuse its message, in a more innovative and appealing manner, it also has enabled it to engage with its audiences more interactively. Because the message is no longer linear, anyone can contribute to the dialectics of the struggle, which in fine results in the alteration and reshaping of its ideological discourse in unprecedented directions. Arguably the ‘glocalisation’ of Islamophobia within Thai culture has resulted in the alteration of the Thai cultural stereotype of the Muslim khaek ‘Other’, transforming the khaek into an evil violent Muslim, both in real and virtual worlds. This further leads to discriminatory attitudes and behaviours towards Muslims, which causes the hardening of the views of the online Patani community of support towards the Thais and possibly its radicalisation.
ISBN 9783319296968
ISSN 2214-5281
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-29698-2_8
Field of Research 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category B1.1 Book chapter
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