Kathoey

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Thailand vs. ‘Kathoey’ | 2 november
2010

Table of Contents

I. Introduction……………………………………………………………………………….... 3 I.I. What is ‘Kathoey’…………………………………………………………………………. 3 I.II. How does one become ‘Kathoey’?.................................................................... 4
II. Power distance index (PDI) in ‘Kathoey’ culture………………………….. 5 II.I Power distance in the workplace………………………………………………….. 5 II.II Power distance in religion………………………………………………………….. 6
III. Masculinity vs. Femininity in ‘Kathoey’ culture………………………… 7
IV. Uncertainty Avoidance in ‘Kathoey’ culture……………………………… 9
V. Individualism VS Collectivism…………………………………………………. 11 V.I Family………………………………………………………………………………………... 11 V.II Personal
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Older ‘Kathoey’ will teach her how to be a ‘Kathoey’, how to dress like a girl, how to act like a girl, how to behave like a girl.

In most cases, finding out that you want to become a ‘Kathoey’ happens on an early stage in your life and at the age of thirteen/fourteen, soon-to-become ‘Kathoey’s are taking hormones as preparation for transforming from boy to girl.

II. Power distance index (PDI) in ‘Kathoey’ culture

Hofstede’s Power distance Index measures the extent to which the less powerful members of organizations and institutions accept and expect that power is distributed unequally. This represents inequality (more versus less), but defined from below, not from above. It suggests that a society’s level of inequality is endorsed by the followers as much as by the leaders.

PDI | IDV | MAS | UAI | LTO |
Thailand 64 20 34 64 56 |

Thailand’s high Power Distance (PDI) is indicative of a high level of inequality of power and wealth within the society. This condition is not necessarily forced upon the population, but rather accepted by the society as a part of their cultural heritage. Thailand’s ranking of 64 is slightly lower than the Asian average of 71. In cultures with a power distance such as Thailand, Inequalities among people are expected and desired, status should be balanced with restraint and less powerful people should be independent.
Some countries are more tolerant or
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