A New Man for Thailand

Gary L. Atkins

in Imagining Gay Paradise

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083237
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209305 | DOI:
A New Man for Thailand

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In Thailand, the rise to power of a popular new prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, led to a “social and moral order” campaign to clean up Thailand's image as a sex and drug center, but it also resurrected long-standing themes about the “need” to reconstruct the image of Thai manhood—a discourse that stretches back through imperial days. Police sweeps included a raid on Babylon that is described and then analyzed in terms of Thaksin's attempt to sculpt a new representation of Thai manhood.

Keywords: Thaksin Shinawatra; Thailand; Thai manhood; social and moral order

Chapter.  4367 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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