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Male and female genital cutting among Southern Thailand’s Muslims : rituals, biomedical practices, and local discourses.

Merli, C. (2010) 'Male and female genital cutting among Southern Thailand’s Muslims : rituals, biomedical practices, and local discourses.', Culture, health & sexuality., 12 (7). pp. 725-738.

Abstract

This paper explores how local people in a province in southern Thailand perceive the practice of male and female genital cutting. In order to understand the importance placed on these practices, a comparison is drawn between the two and also between the male circumcision and the Buddhist ordination of monks as rites of passage. Discourses on the exposure or concealment of male and female bodies, respectively, witness to the relevance of both the local political-historical context and biomedical hegemony to gendered bodies. The comparisons evince the need to reflect upon the theoretical and ethical implications of studying genital cutting and focusing exclusively on one of the two practices rather than, as this paper claims to be necessary, considering them as inextricably connected.

Item Type:Article
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Keywords:Southern Thailand, Male circumcision, Female genital cutting.
Full text:PDF - Accepted Version (750Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691051003683109
Publisher statement:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Culture, Health & Sexuality on 29/03/2010, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13691051003683109.
Record Created:12 May 2010 10:20
Last Modified:14 Jul 2014 16:09

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