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Social Problems in Asia (SOCG 218): Week 5


How do actors of the issues make sense on what is going on?

Social problems are often looked at from an outsider’s point of view. To have a better understanding of social issues, it would be important for us to know how the actors involved in the social problem make sense of what is going on. This week's theme is focused on "social problems" from the actors' angle.


1. Eric Tagliacozzo. 2008. “Morphological shifts in Southeast Asian prostitution: the long twentieth century.” Journal of Global History 3: 251–273.

2. Marjorie A. Muecke. 1992. “Mother Sold Food, Daughter Sells her Body: The Cultural Continuity of Prostitution.” Social Science Medicine 35(7):891-901.

3. Heather Montgomery. 2008.”Buying Innocence: child-sex tourists in Thailand.” Third World Quarterly 29(5): 903 — 917.

4. Jody Miller. 2011. “Beach boys or sexually exploited children? Competing narratives of sex tourism and their impact on young men in Sri Lanka’s informal tourist economy.” Crime Law Soc Change 56:485–508

5. Treena Rae Orchard. 2007. “Girl, woman, lover, mother: Towards a new understanding of child prostitution among young Devadasis in rural Karnataka, India.” Social Science & Medicine 64: 2379–2390.

6. Donna M. Hughes. 2004. “Prostitution: Causes and Solutions” 

7. Blakie, “How the legalization of Prostitution will help Women?”

8. Noer, Michael. 2006. “The Economics of Prostitution.” Forbes 02-14-06. (This is a short introduction on the “Theory of Prostitution” article.)

9. “My Mom Sold my Virginity.” Article from Maria Claire.


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1. Devadasis


2. Prostitute in Singapore

3. Solution: Legalizing Prostitute in Taiwan

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