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Modern Babylon? : Prostituting Children in Thailand - Heather Montgomery

Modern Babylon?

Prostituting Children in Thailand

Hardcover Published: 1st December 2001
ISBN: 9781571813183
Number Of Pages: 192

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Child prostitution became one of the key concerns of the international community in the 1990s. World congresses were held, international and national laws were changed and concern over "cemmercially sexually exploited children" rose dramatically. Rarely, however, were the children who worked as prostitutes consulted of questioned in this process, and the voices of these children brought into focus. This book is the first to address the children directly, to examine their daily lives, their motivations and their perceptions of what they do. Based on 15 months of fieldwork in a Thai tourist community that survived through child prostitution, this book draws on anthropological theories on childhood and kinship to contextualize the experiences of this group of Thai child prostitutes and to contrast these with the stereotypes held of them by those outside their community.

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..". an admirable pioneering study ... [which] paints a dynamic and often horrific picture of the workings of child prostitution." ���� Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

"This study is very instructive and deserves to be consulted by specialists of Thailand but also by a wider readership that is interested in the different notions of sexuality and various forms of prostitutions."����Comptes Rendus

List of Tablesp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
A Personal Viewp. 1
Child Prostitution and Anthropologyp. 14
History and Context
Myths and Stereotypesp. 21
NGOs and the Discovery of Child Prostitutionp. 29
The Extent of the Problemp. 33
History and Mythp. 40
Cultural Constructions of Childhood
A History of Childhood in the Westp. 53
Childhood in Thailandp. 57
What Constitutes a Good Childhood?p. 62
Childhood and State Interventionp. 66
The Child Prostitutes of Baan Nua
Data Collectionp. 69
Child Prostitution in Baan Nuap. 76
Kinship and Reciprocityp. 82
Reciprocity, Friends and Clientsp. 86
Struggles and Contradictions
Children as Social Agentsp. 89
Prostitution and its Alternativesp. 95
The Life-Cycle of Prostitutionp. 102
Identity and its Difficulties
Statusp. 107
Sexuality and Identityp. 111
Gender, Prostitution and Identityp. 123
Social Identityp. 128
Protecting Innocence
Innocence and Freedomp. 133
Buying Innocencep. 139
Maintaining Innocencep. 144
Conclusionp. 155
Bibliographyp. 175
Indexp. 189
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ISBN: 9781571813183
ISBN-10: 1571813187
Series: Fertility Reproduction and Sexuality, Volume 2
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st December 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.25