Night Market: Sexual Cultures and the Thai Economic Miracle

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Psychology Press, 1998 - Business & Economics - 278 pages
In Thailand, a $4 billion per year tourist industry is the linchpin of the modernization process called the "Thai Economic Miracle". And what is Thailand's main attraction? Sex for hire. Year after year young women are lured to Bangkok to staff the teeming brothels, massage parlors, and sex bars that cater to male tourists from the United States, Western Europe, Japan, Australia, the Gulf States, Malaysia, and Singapore.
Developed from Lillian S. Robinson's article in The Nation, Night Market traces the historical, cultural, material, and textual traditions that have combined in unique ways to establish sex tourism as an integral part of the developing Thai economy. It explores international sex tourism from the perspectives of economic-development planning, forced labor market choices, international sexual alienation, and textual traditions that have constructed sexual "Other" cultures in Western imagination.
 

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Contents

A 4 billion per year tourist industry is the linchpin of the modernization process
13
Catalysts and Contexts
16
Languages of Tourism
60
A Very Political Economy
92
Imagining Sexual Others
112
The Bar Scene
151
The Unspeakable
195
Sexual Theory and Its Discontents
218
Afterword
250
Index
272
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Lillian S. Robinson is Professor of English at East Carolina University.

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