This paper examines how gender, body and space in combination with each other takes place in the compartment of Thai Corner. By performing a participant observation, we were striving to find an answer to what influence space, power, gender and body have on the gender performatives that take place on Thai Corner. As well as which role Thai Corner as a corporation plays to the gendered games between customer and kathoey. By using Michel Foucault’s theory of the disciplinary spaces it is made clear how implicit power lies in the space of Thai Corner. Thus, the architecture of the room has an impact on how the customer-kathoey relationship develops quickly and creates a sense of intimacy. In addition, Judith Butler’s theory about Jaqcues Lacan’s phallus concept and Butler’s own presentation of performativity is used to look into how kathoey and customer are acting their gender through performative actions. Furthermore, we have been using Sara Ahmed’s affect theory to look into the feelings we get when we enter the room of Thai Corner as researchers, and study whether the affects have an impact on our experience. Throughout our process, it has been important to reflect on our own situation so that we could position ourselves as research subjects during our participant observations. We have done this to produce “objective” knowledge. As for our discussion, we have been wondering why this gendered game occurs and how it impacts the space of Thai Corner. On that note, Thai Corner organizes both kathoey and customer in a social hierarchy.
|Uddannelser||Basis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis|
|Udgivelsesdato||16 dec. 2019|
|Vejledere||Louise Yung Nielsen|
- Thai Corner