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- DescriptionProstitution in Thailand has been the subject of media sensationalism for decades. Bangkok's brothels have become international icons of third world women's exploitation in the global sex trade. Recently, however, sex workers have begun to demand t pity, but rights as workers in the global ecomy. This book explores how Thai national identity in such an ecomy is linked to prostitution and gender. Jeffrey asserts that certain images of The Prostitute have silenced discourses of prostitution as work, while fostering the idea of the peasant woman as the embodiment of national culture. This idea, coupled with a will to shape the modern state through the behaviour of middle-class men, has been a main concern of Thai prostitution policy. Gender, Jeffrey argues, has become the mechanism through which states respond to the contradictory pressures of globalization and nation-building. Sex and Borders is essential reading for those interested in gender studies, Southeast Asian studies, and the politics of prostitution.
- Author BiographyLeslie Ann Jeffrey teaches political science in the Department of History and Politics, University of New Brunswick, Saint John campus.
- Author(s)Leslie Ann Jeffrey
- PublisherUniversity of British Columbia Press
- Date of Publication01/01/2003
- SubjectGender Studies / Gay & Lesbian Studies
- Place of PublicationVancouver
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintUniversity of British Columbia Press
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine16 mm
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