Sex and Sexuality in China

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Elaine Jeffreys
Routledge, Jan 24, 2007 - Social Science - 240 pages
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Elaine Jeffreys explores the issues of sex and sexuality in a non-Western context by examining debates surrounding the emergence of new sexual behaviours, and the appropriate nature of their regulation, in the People's Republic of China. Commissioned from Western and mainland Chinese scholars of sex and sexuality in China, the chapters in this volume are marked by a diversity of subject material and theoretical perspectives, but turn on three related concerns. First, the book situates China’s changing sexual culture and the nature of its governance in the socio-political history of the PRC. Second, it shows how China’s shift to a rule of law has generated conflicting conceptions of citizenship and the associated rights of individuals as sexual citizens. Finally, the book demonstrates that the Chinese state does not operate strictly to repress ‘sex’; it also is implicated in the creation of new spaces for sexual entrepreneurship, expertise and consumption.

This comprehensive study is a valuable resource for scholars in the fields of sexuality studies and post-socialist societies and culture, directly appealing to both East Asia and China specialists.


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talking sex and sexuality in China
the origins and nature of Chinas sexual revolution
2 Sex politics and the policing of virtue in the Peoples Republic of China
marriage and divorce in the Peoples Republic of China
4 Regulating male samesex relationships in the Peoples Republic of China
5 Sexual citizenship and the politics of sexual storytelling among Chinese youth
Chinas emerging sex shop industry
7 Female sex sellers and public policy in the Peoples Republic of China
8 Debating the legal regulation of sexrelated bribery and corruption in the Peoples Republic of China

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Elaine Jeffreys is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and associate professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology, Sydney.