In recent years, first feminist considerations, and now concerns with HIV/Aids have led to new approaches to the study of sexuality. The experience of puberty, explorations with sexuality and courtship, and the pressure to reproduce are a few of the human tensions central to this volume.
Preface, Contributors, Introduction: Youth and Sexuality in Contemporary Asian Societies, 1. Water Serpents and Staying by the Fire: Markers of Maturity in a Northeast Thai Village, 2. Poor and 'Dark': What is My Future? Identity Construction and Adolescent Women in Bangladesh, 3. Adolescence and Sexuality in the Rajasthani Context, 4. Inflatable Bodies and the Breath of Life: Courtship and Desire among Young Women in Rural North Bali, 5. Modernity, Desire and Courtship: The Evolution of Premarital Relationships in Mataram, Eastern Indonesia, 6. Contextualizing Sexuality: Young Men in Kerala, South India, 7. Social and Cultural Contexts of Single Young Men's Heterosexual Relationships: A View From Metro Manila, 8. Gender Socialization and Female Sexuality in Northern Thailand, 9. Magic Lipstick and Verbal Caress: Doubling Standards in Isan Villages, 10. The Hope of the Nation: Moral Panics and the Construction of Teenagerhood in Contemporary Malaysia, 11. Sexual Values and Early Experiences among Young People in Jakarta, 12. Sex Work and Socialization in a Moral World: Conflict and Change in Badi Communities in Western Nepal, 13. Gender, Sexuality and Marriage among Hmong Youth in Australia, Bibliography, Index