Ethnographies of Prostitution in Contemporary China: Gender Relations, HIV/AIDS, and Nationalism

Paperback | March 15, 2012

byTiantian Zheng

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Based on three years of extensive fieldwork, this ethnographic study of prostitution in the metropolitan city of Dalian, China, explores the lives of rural migrant women working as karaoke bar hostesses. Tiantian Zheng delves into the interplay of gender politics, nationalism, and power relationships that inhere in practices of birth control, disease control, and control of women’s bodies.

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Based on three years of extensive fieldwork, this ethnographic study of prostitution in the metropolitan city of Dalian, China, explores the lives of rural migrant women working as karaoke bar hostesses. Tiantian Zheng delves into the interplay of gender politics, nationalism, and power relationships that inhere in practices of birth c...

Tiantian Zheng (Ph.D. Anthropology at Yale University) is a professor of Anthropology at SUNY Cortland. Her first book won the 2010 Sara A. Whaley book prize from the National Women’s Studies Association. She is the author of Red Lights: The Lives of Sex Workers in Postsocialist China; Sex-Trafficking, Human Rights, and Social Justice...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.65 × 5.64 × 0.56 inPublished:March 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230340997

ISBN - 13:9780230340992

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Introduction * Gender and Prophylactic Use in Chinese History * Media Construction of HIV/AIDS in China * Vilifying and Promoting Condom Use in Post-Mao China * Perceptions Towards Condom Use among Male Clients of Dalian Hostesses * Perceptions Towards Condom Use among Dalian Hostesses * Sexual Matters and HIV Risks in Male Clients’ Everyday Lives * Afterword