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A vibrant, growing, and highly visible set of female identities has emerged in Thailand known as tom and dee. A "tom" (from "tomboy") refers to a masculine woman who is sexually involved with a feminine partner, or "dee" (from "lady"). The patterning of female same-sex relationships into masculine and feminine pairs, coupled with the use of English derived terms to refer to them, is found throughout East and Southeast Asia. Have the forces of capitalism facilitated the dissemination of Western-style gay and lesbian identities throughout the developing world as some theories of transnationalism suggest? Is the emergence of toms and dees over the past twenty-five years a sign that this has occurred in Thailand? Megan Sinnott engages these issues by examining the local culture and historical context of female same-sex eroticism and female masculinity in Thailand. Drawing on a broad spectrum of anthropological literature, Sinnott situates Thai tom and dee subculture within the global trend of increasingly hybridized sexual and gender identities.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-23
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  1. Chapter 1. Global Sex
  2. pp. 24-46
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  1. Chapter 2. Gender and Sexual Transitions
  2. pp. 47-75
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  1. Chapter 3. Gender Ambivalence in Tom and Dee Identities
  2. pp. 76-110
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  1. Chapter 4. Thai Norms of Gender and Sexuality
  2. pp. 111-131
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  1. Chapter 5. Gender Dynamics between Toms and Dees: Subversion or Conformity?
  2. pp. 132-161
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  1. Chapter 6. Anjaree and Lesla: Tom and Dee Communities and Organizations
  2. pp. 162-181
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  1. Chapter 7. Discourses of “Homosexuality”: The State and the Media in Thailand
  2. pp. 182-203
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 204-211
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  1. Appendix. Toms and Dees Referred to in the Text
  2. pp. 213-214
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 215-227
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  1. Glossary
  2. p. 229
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 231-258
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780824865221
Related ISBN
9780824827410
MARC Record
OCLC
654947013
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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