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Suspect, Detainee, or Victim? A Discourse Analytical Study of Men’s Vulnerability in Thailand’s Deep South

Nilsson, Malin (2012)
Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University
Abstract
The purpose of this thesis was to explore discourses of insecurity, vulnerability and conflict in Thailand’s Deep South. In order to understand how such discourses are shaped by gender ideologies, the study examines how ideas about men and women are articulated, reproduced and challenged in Thai civil society. Special attention is given to the ways in which men and masculinity are constructed within the discourse, and the concept of hegemonic masculinity is used to explain the findings.

Data was retrieved through semi-structured interviews with NGO practitioners in Bangkok and analyzed using Foucauldian Discourse Analysis. The analysis showed that gender ideologies played an important role in shaping NGO discourses of insecurity and... (More)
The purpose of this thesis was to explore discourses of insecurity, vulnerability and conflict in Thailand’s Deep South. In order to understand how such discourses are shaped by gender ideologies, the study examines how ideas about men and women are articulated, reproduced and challenged in Thai civil society. Special attention is given to the ways in which men and masculinity are constructed within the discourse, and the concept of hegemonic masculinity is used to explain the findings.

Data was retrieved through semi-structured interviews with NGO practitioners in Bangkok and analyzed using Foucauldian Discourse Analysis. The analysis showed that gender ideologies played an important role in shaping NGO discourses of insecurity and vulnerability. While challenging certain traditional ideas about men and women, the discourse also reproduced men as legitimate targets of violence and failed to see men’s vulnerability as gendered. By ‘ungendering’ male experience, and constructing women as ideal civil society activists, the discourse was also found to exclude men from practical interventions and capacity building in the Deep South. (Less)
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author
Nilsson, Malin
supervisor
organization
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Thailand, discourse, vulnerability, conflict, gender, masculinity, civil society
language
English
id
3045139
date added to LUP
2012-08-27 16:13:53
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  abstract     = {The purpose of this thesis was to explore discourses of insecurity, vulnerability and conflict in Thailand’s Deep South. In order to understand how such discourses are shaped by gender ideologies, the study examines how ideas about men and women are articulated, reproduced and challenged in Thai civil society. Special attention is given to the ways in which men and masculinity are constructed within the discourse, and the concept of hegemonic masculinity is used to explain the findings. 

Data was retrieved through semi-structured interviews with NGO practitioners in Bangkok and analyzed using Foucauldian Discourse Analysis. The analysis showed that gender ideologies played an important role in shaping NGO discourses of insecurity and vulnerability. While challenging certain traditional ideas about men and women, the discourse also reproduced men as legitimate targets of violence and failed to see men’s vulnerability as gendered. By ‘ungendering’ male experience, and constructing women as ideal civil society activists, the discourse was also found to exclude men from practical interventions and capacity building in the Deep South.},
  author       = {Nilsson, Malin},
  keyword      = {Thailand,discourse,vulnerability,conflict,gender,masculinity,civil society},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Suspect, Detainee, or Victim? A Discourse Analytical Study of Men’s Vulnerability in Thailand’s Deep South},
  year         = {2012},
}