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The third sex : Kathoey : Thailand's ladyboys

Author: Richard Totman
Publisher: London : Souvenir, 2003.
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Through the lives of three kathoey, male transvestites, this introduction to transgender in Thailand places a cultural, historical, religious, biological, and psychological emphasis on international traditions of sexuality. A fascinating anthropological and sociological exploration, the context of transgender is detailed through the challenges and joys found in Manat, Lek, and Akorn as they travel through the social  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Totman, Richard.
Third sex.
London : Souvenir, 2003
(OCoLC)654188917
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Totman
ISBN: 0285636685 9780285636682
OCLC Number: 59372676
Description: 181 pages, [4] pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Rama V School --
2. Chiang Mai University --
3. Biological accidents --
4. Saowanee's plan --
5. Buddhism and a third sex --
6. The Kathoey of modern Thailand and old Siam --
7. Lek's story --
8. The sex industry in Thailand --
9. Transgender in other cultures --
10. Daeng's story --
11. Some facts, figures and observations --
12. Malee's story --
13. Kathoey and the religious order --
14. Changing attitudes --
East and West --
15. Old age.
Responsibility: Richard Totman.

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Through the lives of three kathoey, male transvestites, this introduction to transgender in Thailand places a cultural, historical, religious, biological, and psychological emphasis on international traditions of sexuality. A fascinating anthropological and sociological exploration, the context of transgender is detailed through the challenges and joys found in Manat, Lek, and Akorn as they travel through the social rites of passage to become kathoeys. As a part of the cultural landscape of Thailand, the kathoeys are a modern expression of an archaic tradition, and through these personal stories a wider discussion of transgender and the existence of a "third sex" in international societies emerges.

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"A gentle and fascinating account." "The Economist""

 
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