Recent academic literature focusing on prostitution in Thailand has mostly represented it as a singular phenomenon understood by monocausal analyses which rely on varieties of economic or cultural determinism. By contrast, in this paper I seek to tease out how various factors, economic, cultural and personal, operate to provide very different outcomes in individual lives. There are two specific issues that I focus on. Firstly, while most reports on Thai prostitution draw on data from the North, the Northeast region (Isan), where I conducted fieldwork, differs in most important ways in how people interact with and relate to the presence of commercial sex. Secondly, I suggest that we must examine individual choices and motivations implicated in the different contexts in which commercial sex is found, so that we might fruitfully conceptualise the ideologies and social practices that inform prostitution as it evolves in Thailand.
|Number of pages||23|
|Journal||The Australian Journal of Anthropology|
|Publication status||Published - 1994|