Author

Ida Fadzillah

Publication Date

1994

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Provencher, Ronald

Degree Name

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Department

Department of Anthropology

LCSH

Ortner, Sherry B., 1941-||Prostitution--Thailand||Thailand--Civilization

Abstract

The prostitution industry in Thailand has reached enormous proportions, logistically as well as economically. With an estimated 500,000 to 2,000,000 women currently working in the sex trade, one of the questions most asked is: why are so many women willing to engage in such a business, especially in the age of AIDS and HIV infection? This thesis will examine the cultural factors which go into the transformation of rural girls into urban sex workers. The theory used for this interpretation is Ortner’s “women is to nature as men is to culture” dichotomy, which explains the subordinate position of women in terms of patriarchal gender relations based on a division along the lines of nature (the “profane” aspect of social life), and culture (the “sacred” aspect of social life).

Comments

Includes bibliographical references (pages [95]-102)

Extent

102 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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