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Owners of the Map: Motorcycle Taxi Drivers, Mobility, and Politics in Bangkok

Claudio Sopranzetti


On May 19, 2010, the Royal Thai Army deployed tanks, snipers, and other weapons of war to disperse thousands of protesters who had taken over the commercial center of Bangkok. For the two months, these protesters, known as the Red Shirts, had frozen traffic at the Ratchaprasong intersection, the center of elite consumption as well as economic and physical mobility in the city. The protesters demanded democratic elections and an end to political and economic inequality. Motorcycle taxi drivers were key to this protest; they slowed, filtered, and severed the movement of people, commodities, and ... More

Keywords: Thailand, politics, social movements, urbanism, Bangkok, capitalism, everyday, transportation, mobility, Red Shirts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520288492
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520288492.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claudio Sopranzetti, author
University of Oxford