List of Abbreviations
1 Sex in China: Introduction
2 Marriage and ‘Family Planning’
3 Youth and Sex(iness)
4 Gay, Lesbian and Queer
5 Commercial Sex
6 Sex and Public Health
7 Sex Studies
8 Concluding Comments
This nuanced reading of a vast nations sexual evolution offers a sensible corrective to simplistic notions of a sexophobic government or increased freedom as a result of Chinas economic spurt. By placing sexuality as negotiated within the socio-political and economic context rather than positing it as some wild, elusive thing that subverts this context, this book wipesdown romance with the washcloth of the real.
"Sex in China introduces readers to some of the most dramatic shifts that have taken place in sexual behaviours and mores since economic reform unleashed massive social changes upon China. Moving from family concerns through to commercial sex, from HIV/AIDS to youth culture, from gay and lesbian relations through to the developing field of sexual studies in China, this comprehensive study shows how a range of factors have come together to produce spaces where new sexual subjectivities and more inclusive forms of citizenship can emerge. This is an iconoclastic study that overturns Western preconceptions and received wisdom about Chinese sexuality. Intrinsically interesting, clearly written, and thoroughly researched, this book will be a must read for anyone interested in the emerging sexual culture of contemporary China."
Michael Dutton, Goldsmiths, University of London