Prostitution and Sexuality in Shanghai: A Social History, 1849-1949

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 23, 2001 - History - 467 pages
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Shanghai's nightlife, from the mid-nineteenth century until the victory of the Communist Party in 1949, was dominated by the world of prostitution. Henriot portrays the Chinese sex trade, from the sophisticated life of the courtesan, to the common life of street prostitution. He examines the extent to which these worlds were integral to Chinese social life, commercial trends, and Chinese mores and sexuality. Henriot draws a picture of a sector that was sensitive to economic and social change, and thus a good reflection of Shanghai's changing social structure, societal attitudes, and commercial development.
 

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A comprehensive analysis on the changing role of prostitution during the 19th and 20th Centuries. Can be used as an insightful and analytical tool for the academic or a fascinating read for the common history fan.

Contents

Prostitutes to the Elite and
19
Tables
21
2 Age structure of a sample of courtesans
28
Plates
39
Lives of Splendor and Wretchedness
47
Portrait of a courtesan in the nineteenth century
49
A brawl in a brothel
69
Fuzhou Road
94
Maps
180
12 Sentences handed down by the Mixed Court of
193
Houses of Prostitution in the Urban
201
The Walled City in the midnineteenth century
205
Detailed map of a district of prostitution 1921
221
Houses of Prostitution
226
1 Size of the courtesans establishments 19221924
230
The Economy of Sex
248

1 Record of sentences handed out to prostitutes
96
Ancillary Forms of Prostitution
99
taxi dancers in 1946
108
1 Approximate numbers of prostitutes 18751948
120
6 The causes of entry into prostitution
127
7 Reasons for leaving prostitution
133
Sex Suffering and Violence
138
1 Record of venereal diseases treated in
143
3 Prevalence of venereal disease among prostitutes
149
A courtesan being attacked in the street
157
The Female Market in Shanghai and China
165
1 Number of sentences for abduction of women in
168
4 Native province of 29 traffickers arrested
174
5 Age of prostitutes as reported in Shen
176
1 Changes in the cost of licenses for the houses
251
Disease Prevention and the Policing of Morality
273
1 Number of prostitutes registered at the lock hospital
281
The Abolitionist Movement in Shanghai
291
The Nationalists and Regulationism Chinese
312
Institutions for the Rescue of the Prostitutes
334
1 Fate of the inmates of the Door of Hope
344
Notes
363
Figures
382
2 Geographical origins of women and girls rescued
395
Bibliography
431
Index
463
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