Narratives of the Romantic Relationship between Teacher and Student in Thai Contemporary Media: Turning Point of Thinking about Relationship?

Abstract

The romantic relationship between teacher and student is prohibited by Thai social context and culture; however, there are plenty of Thai narratives presented the idea of this relationship in Thai contemporary media, series on TV and films, since 2006. This article aimed to study six narratives of romantic relationship between teacher and student during 2006-2015; to indicate the possibility of this specific type of relationship and reveal an ideology that controls these narratives construction through Thai contemporary media. The result is: most of narratives defined that romantic relationship between teacher and student is an unacceptable relationship, which corresponds to social norms. However, two of these selected narratives represent the possibility of continuation this kind of relationship; to say that, teacher and student affair can be acceptable when they have no more duty in the context of school. These narratives show the turning point of thinking about the romantic relationship between teacher and student in Thai society, which challenges Thai convention. Moreover, those two narratives represented that affectionate relation mostly happened when a male student firstly shows the emotional or physical expression in romantic way to a female teacher. Obviously, male students' actions are symbol of reproduction of patriarchal ideology; a kind of relationship that principally respond to pleasure, desire, imagination, and sexual experience of man. In other words, even though the turning point of thinking about the romantic relationship between teacher and student appears through those narratives, it still could not conquer the power of patriarchy at all.



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Thongchai Sae-Chia, Nakhon Pathom Rajabhat University, Thailand

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Conference: ACCS2016
Stream: Media Studies

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