The meanings of sex: University students in northeast Thailand

Date
2003-12
Authors
DaGrossa, Pamela Stamps
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University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract
This ethnographic study examines the understanding ofthe concept of sex (pheet) among university students in Mahasarakham province in northeast Thailand. Specifically, it describes different categories of sex and related concepts, meanings associated with each, and how those are communicated through social action. Northeast Thailand has shifted away from an agricultural-based society to a cash-based agro-industrial one. This, combined with the influence of a Bangkok-centered national elite and international globalization, has resulted in an influx of new cultural knowledge and shifting meanings related to sex, some reinforcing each other, others in conflict. Many of these conceptual conflicts are located in tensions between tradition and modernity, local culture and Bangkok culture, and Thai-ness and foreign-ness. At these points oftension, meanings are reinterpreted and recreated. This study relies on a variety of research methods including participant-observation, interviews, and questionnaires, and thus is methodologically situated at a crossroads of qualitative and quantitative traditions. This mixed method approach facilitates a broad understanding ofthe concept of sex, including categories of sex, sex roles, and sex behavior.
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University, Thailand, Gender, Sex, Cultural anthropology
Citation
DaGrossa, Pamela S. (2003) The meanings of sex: University students in northeast Thailand. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Hawai'i, United States -- Hawaii.
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