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The fluidity of Thai women's gendered and sexual subjectivities

The fluidity of Thai women's gendered and sexual subjectivities

Culture Health and Sexuality 6(3): 205-219

This paper reports on an ethnographic study of gender and sexuality as factors within contemporary Thai factory women's subjectivities. Competing discourses of what it means to be a woman in contemporary Thai society make women's self-presentations fluid and incoherent. Data from participant-observation and open-ended interviews suggest that the fluidity and inconsistency of women's self-presentations reflect both their negative experiences and oppression within the Thai patriarchal system, and women's strength and resistance to the normative discourses that oppress them. By naming or reinterpreting experiences and desires in their own terms, Thai factory women can redraw elements of their own lives.

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Accession: 056345787

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PMID: 21972874

DOI: 10.1080/1369105031000156360

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