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First Queer Voices from Thailand"Uncle Go's Advice Columns for Gays, Lesbians and Kathoeys"$
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Peter A. Jackson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083268

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083268.001.0001

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Social Hierarchy and the Context Specificity of Thai Attitudes towards Male Homosexuality and Kathoeys

Social Hierarchy and the Context Specificity of Thai Attitudes towards Male Homosexuality and Kathoeys

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(p.129) Chapter 6 Social Hierarchy and the Context Specificity of Thai Attitudes towards Male Homosexuality and Kathoeys
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First Queer Voices from Thailand
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Peter A. Jackson

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888083268.003.0006

This chapter details how Thai attitudes to homosexuality and transgenderism vary according to social context. Ethnographic accounts of the supposed “loose structuring” of Thai culture and of the variable and contextual nature of cultural norms are summarised. The importance of patron-client relations in Thailand, and the influence of this phenomenon upon gay relationships, is described. Intergenerational relationships and paedophilia reflected in the letters to Uncle Go are also discussed.

Keywords:   Thailand, Gay, Homosexuality, Culture, Contextual Sexuality, Patron Client Relations, Deference, Intergenerational sexual relationships, Paedophilia

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