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Peter A. Jackson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083046

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083046.001.0001

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Competing Cultures of Masculinity

Competing Cultures of Masculinity

When Thai Transgender Bodies Go Through Muay Thai

(p.43) 2 Competing Cultures of Masculinity
Queer Bangkok

Stéphane Rennesson

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines the factors that have led to the national success of a number of male-to-female (m-t-f) transvestite kathoey Muay Thai boxers in Thailand. It considers the apparently paradoxical success of two cross-dressing boxers, Norng Tum and his emulator, Norng Tim. The chapter also explores the hypothesis that the intense mediatization of Norng Tum, and particularly its resonances among the broader Thai population, is related to the self-civilizing management of Thai bodies both within Thailand but also, and primarily, at the international level.

Keywords:   male-to-female, transvestite, kathoey, kathoey, Norng Tum, Norng Tim

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