Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2015
Sex in China introduces readers to some of the dramatic shifts that have taken place in Chinese sexual behaviours and attitudes, and public discussions of sex, since the 1980s. The book explores what it means to talk about ÂsexÂ in present-day China, where sex and sexuality are more and more visible in everyday life. Elaine Jeffreys and Haiqing Yu situate ChinaÂs changing sexual culture, and how it is governed, in the socio-political history of the PeopleÂs Republic of China. They demonstrate that Chinese governmental authorities and policies do not set out strictly to repress ÂsexÂ; they also create spaces for the emergence of new sexual subjects and subjectivities. They discuss the complexities surrounding the ongoing explosion of commentary on sex and sexuality in the PRC, and the emergence of new sexual behaviours and mores.
Sex in China offers clear, critical coverage of sex-related issues that are a focus of public concern and debate in China - chapters focus on sex studies; marriage and family planning; youth and sex(iness); gay, lesbian and queer discourses and identities; commercial sex; and HIV/AIDS. This book will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars both of modern China and of sex and sexualities, who wish to understand the role that ÂsexÂ plays in contemporary China.
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