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MODERN BABYLON?

Prostituting Children in Thailand

Heather Montgomery

192 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-829-4 $99.00/£60.00 Hb Published (December 2001)

ISBN  978-1-57181-318-3 $27.95/£17.50 Pb Published (December 2001)

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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

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.

Heather Montgomery is a member of the Fertility and Reproduction Studies Group and a British Academy Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford. She has recently been appointed Lecturer in Child Studies at the Open University.

Series: Volume 2, Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality


LC: HQ242.55.A5 M66 2001

BL: YC.2006.a.8913

BISAC: SOC047000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Children's Studies; SOC002010 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/Cultural

BIC: JFSP1 Age groups: children; JHM Anthropology



Contents

List of Tables
Acknowledgements

Introduction

  • A Personal View
  • Child Prostitution and Anthropology

Chapter 1. History and Context

  • Myths and Stereotypes
  • NGOs and the Discovery of Child Prostitution
  • The Extent of the Problem
  • History and Myth

Chapter 2. Cultural Constructions of Childhood

  • A History of Childhood in the West
  • Childhood in Thailand
  • What Constitutes a Good Childhood?
  • Childhood and State Intervention

Chapter 3. The Child Prostitutes of Baan Nua

  • Data Collection
  • Child Prostitution in Baan Nua
  • Kinship and Reciprocity
  • Reciprocity, Friends and Clients

Chapter 4. Struggles and Contradictions

  • Children as Social Agents
  • Prostitution and its Alternatives
  • The Life-Cycle of Prostitution

Chapter 5. Identity and its Difficulties

  • Status
  • Sexuality and Identity
  • Gender, Prostitution and Identity
  • Social Identity

Chapter 6. Protecting Innocence

  • Innocence and Freedom
  • Buying Innocence
  • Maintaining Innocence

Chapter 7. Conclusion

Bibliography
Index

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