"Wilson shows us how global dreams come to life in the cacophony of Bangkok's markets. Business tycoons, sex workers, mall strollers, and penny capitalists: Each forms an exemplary figure, a source of reflection and emulation.
In this engrossing work, the women and men of Bangkok produce themselvesand the global economy. I have seen no better ethnography of globalization."Anna Tsing, author of
In the Realm of the Diamond Queen
"This fascinating book draws together the strands that weave intimate and kinship worlds into the fabric of the modern Thai economy. From floating markets to department stores and go-go bars, Wilson's inquiry reveals the gendered practices that sustain economic domains, and how these commercial venues in turn recast the intimate life. Upending stereotypical notions about Thai gender,
Intimate Economies casts a complex, feminist perspective on the new styles of being emerging in the spaces of global capitalism."Aihwa Ong, author of Buddha Is Hiding
"Wilson brilliantly deciphers the ways intimate livespersonas, subjectivities, relationsare involved in the formation of modern and transnational capitalist markets. To do this she carefully unpacks the social infrastructure of five different globalized markets in Bangkok."Saskia Sassen, author of Guests and Aliens
"Offers something rare and valuable in studies of globalizationa fine-grained ethnography at the intersection of capitalist and non-capitalist economies.
In Ara Wilson's fascinating study of urban Thailand, the sex trade is intertwined with the gift economy, the department store with the kin economy. Navigating this often surprising terrain with unusual agility, Wilson has produced a masterful record of new worlds and new subjects in the making."Julie Graham, co-author of The End of Capitalism (As We Knew It): A Feminist Critique of Political Economy