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China, Sex and Prostitution

1st Edition

By Elaine Jeffreys


228 pages

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China, Sex and Prostitution is a topical and important critique of recent scholarship in China studies concerning sexuality, prostitution and policing. Jeffrey's arguments are constructed in the form of detailed analysis of a wide range of primary texts, including documents, press reports, police report, and policy and legal pronouncements, and secondary literature in both English and Chinese. The work engages with some key debates in the fields of cultural and gender studies and will be welcomed by scholars in these areas as well as by China specialists, sociologists and anthropologists.


'Jeffreys' study of the Chinese policing of prostitution is a very important empirical contribution to the study of Chinese policing and Chinese perspectives on prostitution. Her approach also challenges the applicability of liberal concepts of sex work and prostitutes' rights to contexts beyond China.' - The China Review

'Jeffrey's book is a must-read for all China scholars because as China transitions so must the academic field that professionally interprets it.' - China Information

Table of Contents

Introduction: Telling Tales 1. Changing China: Changing China Studies 2. Changing Institutional Categories and Academic Legitimacy 3. Feminist Prostitution Debates and Responses 4. Prostitution Debates and a Changing China 5. Re-Situating the Chinese Response to Prostitution 6. Policing Change: Changing Disciplinary Technologies Conclusion: China, Sex and Prostitution Reconsidered

About the Author

Elaine Jeffreys lectures in China Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on China in Transition

The spectacular economic development of China has raised many questions about its future. China in Transition participates in the intellectual developments by focusing on social, political and cultural change in the China of the 1990s and beyond. Drawing on new research from scholars in Asia, Australia, North America and Europe, this series is invaluable in monitoring reform and interpreting the consequences for China, its neighbours and the West.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General