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The meanings of sex: University students in northeast Thailand

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dc.contributor.advisor Bilmes, Jack DaGrossa, Pamela Stamps 2008-04-16T04:52:51Z 2008-04-16T04:52:51Z 2003-12
dc.identifier.citation DaGrossa, Pamela S. (2003) The meanings of sex: University students in northeast Thailand. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Hawai'i, United States -- Hawaii.
dc.description.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.
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher University of Hawaii at Manoa
dc.relation Theses for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (University of Hawaii at Manoa). Anthropology; no. 4384
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dc.subject University
dc.subject Thailand
dc.subject Gender
dc.subject Sex
dc.subject Cultural anthropology
dc.title The meanings of sex: University students in northeast Thailand
dc.type Thesis
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.contributor.department Anthropology 2003-12
local.identifier.callnumber AC1 .H3 no. 4384
local.thesis.degreelevel PhD
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