In this Book

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The Thai capital Bangkok is the unrivalled centre of the country’s gay, lesbian, and transgender communities. These communities are among the largest in Southeast Asia, and indeed in the world, and have a diversity, social presence, and historical depth that set them apart from the queer cultures of many neighbouring societies. The first years of the twenty-first century have marked a significant transition moment for all of Thailand’s LGBT cultures, with a multidimensional expansion in the geographical extent, media presence, economic importance, political impact, social standing, and cultural relevance of Thai queer communities. This book analyses the roles of the market and media—especially cinema and the Internet—in these transformations, and considers the ambiguous consequences that the growing commodification and mediatization of queer lives have had for LGBT rights in Thailand. A key finding is that in the early twenty-first century processes of global queering are leading to a growing Asianization of Bangkok’s queer cultures. This book traces Bangkok’s emergence as a central focus of an expanding regional network linking gay, lesbian, and transgender communities in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines and other rapidly developing East and Southeast Asian societies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. A Note on Thai Transcription and Citation of Thai Names
  2. p. xi
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  1. Queer Bangkok after the Millennium: Beyond Twentieth-Century Paradigms
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. I - Markets and Media in Bangkok’s Queer Cultural Transformations
  2. p. 15
  1. 1 - Bangkok’s Early Twenty-First-Century Queer Boom
  2. pp. 17-42
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  1. 2 - Competing Cultures of Masculinity When Thai Transgender Bodies Go Through Muay Thai
  2. pp. 43-57
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  1. 3 - Back in the Spotlight: The Cinematic Regime of Representation of Kathoeys and Gay Men in Thailand
  2. pp. 59-80
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  1. 4 - Loves of Siam: Contemporary Thai Cinema and Vernacular Queerness
  2. pp. 81-98
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  1. 5 - Encounters in the Sauna: Exploring Gay Identity and Power Structures in Gay Places in Bangkok1
  2. pp. 99-117
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  1. 6 - Cyberspace, Power Structures, and Gay Sexual Health: The Sexuality of Thai Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) in the Camfrog On-line Web-cam Chat Rooms
  2. pp. 121-140
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  1. II - Queer Bangkok in Twenty-First-Century Global and Regional Flows
  2. p. 141
  1. 7 - The Romance of the Amazing Scalpel: “Race”, Labour, and Affect in Thai Gender Reassignment Clinics
  2. pp. 143-162
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  1. 8 - Bangkok’s Beautiful Men: Images of Thai Liberality in an Indonesian Gay Novel
  2. pp. 163-179
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  1. 9 - Speaking of Bangkok: Thailand in the History of Gay Singapore
  2. pp. 181-192
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  1. III: LGBT Activism, Rights, and Autonomy in Thailand
  2. p. 193
  1. 10 - Capitalism, LGBT Activism, and Queer Autonomy in Thailand
  2. pp. 195-204
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  1. 11 - The Language of Rights, Deviance, and Pleasure: Organizational Responses to Discourses of Same-Sex Sexuality and Transgenderism in Thailand
  2. pp. 205-228
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  1. 12 - The Rainbow Lobby: The Sexual Diversity Network and the Military-Installed Government in Thailand
  2. pp. 229-250
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  1. 13 - Transpeople (Khon kham-phet) in Thailand: Transprejudice, Exclusion, and the Presumption of Mental Illness1
  2. pp. 251-267
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 269-283
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  1. A Glossary of Thai LGBT Terms
  2. pp. 285-286
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 287-301
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 303-308
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789888053728
Related ISBN
9789888083046
MARC Record
OCLC
763161258
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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