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Gender, Dating and Violence in Urban China

1st Edition

By Wang Xiying


224 pages

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This book explores young people’s experiences of, and views on, dating, gender, sexuality, sexual hegemony and violence within dating relationships. Based on interviews and focus groups conducted in Beijing over a decade, and focusing especially on dating violence, the book reveals provides insights into a wide range of issues of gender and sexuality in contemporary China. It shows how young Chinese people’s attitudes and behaviors are changing as urban China develops rapidly, and how their experience of dating violence and meaning-making are affected by age, gender, location and class.


"Gender, Dating and Violence in Urban China is a tour de force. With a passionate feminist eye, Xiying Wang lays out the everyday, seemingly 'trivial' forms of violence that infuse heterosexual dating relationships in urban China today. Her complex analysis demonstrates how everything from the ongoing rapid socio-economic transformations in China, changing gender and sexual norms and ideals, the often inseparable relationship of love and violence, and gender inequality in China fuel dating violence. A well written, well researched study that will inspire a public conversation." - Lisa Rofel, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Co-Director, Center for Emerging Worlds, University of California, Santa Cruz

"In this courageous and important book, scholar-activist Xiying Wang, a pioneer in the study of dating violence in China, takes us inside the intimate relationships of young Chinese to see the dark underside of the nation’s celebrated “romantic revolution.” Through first-hand portraits of “sassy girls,” “tender boys,” and other surprising subjects, she challenges the myths surrounding Chinese sexuality, offering a theory of Chinese intersectionality to explain how individuals navigate their sexual worlds. In charting the human costs of China’s unfinished gender and sexual revolutions, Wang delivers what is at once a compelling academic study and a feminist call to action." - Susan Greenhalgh, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University

"Gender, Dating and Violence in Urban China is a compelling read and offers many important insights on violence in heterosexual dating culture in contemporary China. It is thoroughly recommended for anyone interested in learning more about gender, sexuality, love and violence in urban China today." - Séagh Kehoe is a PhD candidate at the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham

"Her book on Gender, Dating and Violence in Urban China goes… well beyond that provocative topic itself. Being informed by a Chinese feminist perspective and well versed in Western feminist literature, she questions and undermines with her findings a set of assumptions people usually connect with gender relations

in China." - Bonnie S. McDougall is Honorary Associate in the School of Languages and Cultures at The University of Sydney, specializing in modern Chinese literature and translation studies.

"Overall, the book gives a vivid picture of Beijing dating life as a highly competitive and unpredictable ground, where young people in general, and young women in particular, daily deal with strict social and economic necessity, emotional paradox and moral dilemma. … recommended reading for anyone concerned with issues of gender equality in China." - Robert Zavoretti, University of Cologne.

Table of Contents

1. Discovering Dating Violence in China

2. Chinese Intersectionality: A Critical Review of Gender-based Violence Research and Gender Studies in China

3. Dating Landscape, Power Struggles, and Love Geography

4. Sassy Girl and Tender Boy: The Transformation of Doing Gender

5. Virginity Loss, Sexual Coercion, and the Unfinished Sexual Revolution

6. Remapping the Landscape of Dating, Gender, and Violence

About the Author

Xiying Wang is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Development and Public Policy at Beijing Normal University, China.

About the Series

Routledge Culture, Society, Business in East Asia Series

Editorial Board:

Heung Wah  Wong (Executive Editor), The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Chris Hutton, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Wayne Cristaudo, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Harumi Befu (Emeritus Professor), Stanford University, USA
Shao-dang Yan, Peking University, China
Andrew Stewart MacNaughton, Reitaku University, Japan
William Kelly, Independent Researcher
Keiji Maegawa, Tsukuba University, Japan
Kiyomitsu Yui, Kobe University, Japan

How and what are we to examine if we wish to understand the commonalities across East Asia without falling into the powerful fictions or homogeneities that dress its many constituencies? By the same measure, can East Asian homogeneities make sense in any way outside the biases of East-West personation?

For anthropologists familiar with the societies of East Asia, there is a rich diversity of work that can potentially be applied to address these questions within a comparative tradition grounded in the region as opposed the singularizing outward encounter. This requires us to broaden our scope of investigation to include all aspects of intra-regional life, trade, ideology, culture, and governance, while at the same time dedicating ourselves to a complete and holistic understanding of the exchange of identities that describe each community under investigation. An original and wide ranging analysis will be the result, one that draws on the methods and theory of anthropology as it deepens our understanding of the interconnections, dependencies, and discordances within and among East Asia.

The book series includes three broad strands within and between which to critically examine the various insides and outsides of the region. The first is about the globalization of Japanese popular culture in East Asia, especially in greater China. The second strand presents comparative studies of major social institutions in Japan and China, such as family, community and other major concepts in Japanese and Chinese societies. The final strand puts forward cross-cultural studies of business in East Asia.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies