Competing Cultures of Masculinity

Stéphane Rennesson

in Queer Bangkok

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083046
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207325 | DOI:
Competing Cultures of Masculinity

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This chapter examines the factors that have led to the national success of a number of male-to-female (m-t-f) transvestite kathoey Muay Thai boxers in Thailand. It considers the apparently paradoxical success of two cross-dressing boxers, Norng Tum and his emulator, Norng Tim. The chapter also explores the hypothesis that the intense mediatization of Norng Tum, and particularly its resonances among the broader Thai population, is related to the self-civilizing management of Thai bodies both within Thailand but also, and primarily, at the international level.

Keywords: male-to-female; transvestite; kathoey; kathoey; Norng Tum; Norng Tim

Chapter.  6149 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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