"Because They Want Nice Things": Prostitution, Consumerism, and Culture in Thailand

  • Leslie Jeffrey University of New Brunswick - Saint John

Abstract

This paper explores the ways in which women in prostitution in Thailand have been positioned as threats to national identity through the "consumerism critique" of prostitution. The paper argues that this discourse is a product of the symbolic role played by women and the peasantry in anchoring national identity in a globalized era.
Published
2002-04-01