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Transgender culture and Thai boxing

dc.contributor.authorRennesson, Stephane
dc.contributor.authorAsiaPacificQueer Network
dc.identifier.citationRennesson, S (2005, July). Transgender culture and thai boxing . Paper presented at Sexualities, Genders and Rights in Asia: 1st International Conference of Asian Queer Studies. Bangkok, Thailand: AsiaPacifiQueer Network, Mahidol University; Australian National University
dc.description.abstractThrough exposing a few keys of understanding of the national success of transvestites as Muay Thai boxers in Thailand, I shall lay down a few perspectives that stand as many tracks to be followed during a future fieldwork that the ethnologic methodology requires. I draw my data from a daily life experience in Thailand between 1999 and 2001 when I was carrying out fieldwork about Thai Boxing, and the reading of Thai newspaper (general interest ones as well as specialised in boxing). As a matter of fact, the Muay Thai’s image elaborated daily through its media coverage makes it a truly gendered activity. Definitely, it draws on masculine behaviour. Peter Vail (1998) sees Thai Boxing as the womb if hyper-masculinity. Considering this, I wish to question the confusing success of two cross-dressing boxers, Nong Tum and his recent emulator Nong Tim who is yet to be as famous as the former. I shall make use of the recent developments of gender analysis in Thailand embedded within the contemporary critical theory.
dc.description.sponsorshipAsiaPacifiQueer Network, Australian National University
dc.format.extent8 pages
dc.publisherCanberra, ACT: The Australian National University
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.sourceSexualities, genders and rights in Asia : 1st international Conference of Asian Queer Studies, Ambassador Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand 7-9 July 2005
dc.subject.lcshGay rights -- Asia -- Congresses.
dc.subject.lcshGay culture -- Asia -- Congresses.
dc.subject.lcshGay culture -- Asia -- Social conditions -- Congresses.
dc.subject.lcshGay community -- Asia -- Congresses.
dc.subject.lcshGay community.
dc.subject.lcshGay culture.
dc.subject.lcshGay rights.
dc.titleTransgender culture and Thai boxing
dc.typeConference paper
local.description.notesThe conference was held Bangkok, Thailand, 7-9 July 2005 and convened by the AsiaPacifiQueer Network. ANU was the host organisation for this network, and the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies provided funding support. ANU was acknowledged as a co-sponsor of the conference.
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationRennesson, Stephane, University of Paris X - Nanterre
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.provenance" ... as chair of the organising committee for the conference I give my permission for the permanent archiving of the papers. All authors whose papers appear on the site gave their permission for open access to these papers" - from email dated 26/9/11, Professor Peter Jackson, School of Culture, History and Language, ANU
CollectionsSexualities, Genders and Rights in Asia: International Conference of Asian Queer Studies (2005)


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