Sites of Desire/Economies of Pleasure: Sexualities in Asia and the Pacific

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Lenore Manderson, Margaret Jolly
University of Chicago Press, Aug 18, 1997 - History - 367 pages
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Discussions of sexuality in Asia and the Pacific have long been tinged with conceptions of the exotic Orient. Examining a world of erotic encounter between European, Asian, and Pacific people, these essays explore how sexual practices and sexual meanings have been constructed across cultural borders in Thailand, the Philippines, Burma/Myanmar, Japan, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and the Polynesian islands. Considering sexuality as embedded in a complex social and political world structured and saturated by gender, race, and class relations, these scholars challenge the categories with which sex and gender have been named and studied. They examine these sites of desire through specific historic and cultural circumstances, from the first explorations of Europeans, through colonial power, to the contemporary issues of sexual tourism, prostitution, and the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

A unique and important contribution to the study of sexuality, this book also suggests that the history of sexuality in the West was shaped by myths of the legendary Orient and the exotic "Other."
  

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Contents

Chapter
9
CHAPTER 2
48
CHAPTER 5
114
ner after hanging the correct map of the world
130
Chapter 10
162
CHAPTER 9
192
doms
237
rape prostitution and maltreatment of Filipinas
252
Chapter 11
263
Notes
293
Bibliography
319
Filmography
347
Index
353
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About the author (1997)

Lenore Manderson is an inaugural Australian Research Council Federation Fellow and Professor of Medical Anthropology in the School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, and the School of Political and Social Inquiry, Faculty of Arts, at Monash University, Australia.

Jolly-Australian National University

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