Night Market by Ryan Bishop
Sexual Cultures and the Thai Economic Miracle

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In Thailand, a $4 billion per year tourist industry is the linchpin of the modernization process called the "Thai Economic Miracle". And what is Thailand's main attraction? Sex for hire. Year after year young women are lured to Bangkok to staff the teeming brothels, massage parlors, and sex bars that cater to male tourists from the United States, Western Europe, Japan, Australia, the Gulf States, Malaysia, and Singapore.
Developed from Lillian S. Robinson's article in The Nation, Night Market traces the historical, cultural, material, and textual traditions that have combined in unique ways to establish sex tourism as an integral part of the developing Thai economy. It explores international sex tourism from the perspectives of economic-development planning, forced labor market choices, international sexual alienation, and textual traditions that have constructed sexual "Other" cultures in Western imagination.

About Ryan Bishop

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Lillian S. Robinson is Professor of English at East Carolina University.
Published November 6, 1997 by Routledge. 288 pages
Genres: Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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Thailand's economic miracle of the past two decades owes much of its success to a $4-billion-per-year tourist industry focused primarily on prostitution. This fascinating, multifaceted, though une

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This fascinating, multifaceted, though unevenly written book expands Robinson's Nation article, ""The Penile Colony,"" into a meticulous story of how the bodies of young Thai women have been turned into a national economic resource with nothing less than World Bank funding.

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