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Prostitution and Sexuality in Shanghai

Prostitution and Sexuality in Shanghai
A Social History, 1849–1949

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  • Date Published: April 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521571654

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  • Shanghai's nightlife, from the mid-nineteenth century until the victory of the Communist Party in 1949, was dominated by the world of prostitution. Henriot portrays the Chinese sex trade, from the sophisticated life of the courtesan, to the common life of street prostitution. He examines the extent to which these worlds were integral to Chinese social life, commercial trends, and Chinese mores and sexuality. He draws a picture of a sector that was sensitive to economic and social change, and thus a good reflection of Shanghai's changing social structure, societal attitudes, and commercial development.

    • The most comprehensive social history of the subject of prostitution in Shanghai
    • Includes original analysis and heretofore inaccessible material from Chinese archives
    • Portrays in evocative detail a sector of Chinese society that reveals much about Chinese economic, social and cultural trends from 18421949
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    "[The book] reaches further than the subtitle suggests, offering wide-ranging reflections on the intellectual climate of the time. It cleverly combines social, historical and cultural information with literary analysis. It not only fills an important gap in studies of modern Chinese literature, but also will be of relevance to anyone interested in the intricacies of cross-cultural influences and the theories they have generated." The China Journal

    "On the subject of prostitution in modern Shanghai, this book is encyclopedic in its scope and should find a place on the shelf of standard references on Chinese prostitution, women's history, the history of sexuality, and Chinese social and urban history." Journal of Social History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2001
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521571654
    • length: 486 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 32 mm
    • weight: 0.88kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus. 12 maps 36 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: prostitution and sexuality: a historiographical review
    1. The courtesans from the nineteenth to the twentieth centuries: the end of a world
    2. Lives of splendor and wretchedness
    3. From the high class brothel to mass sexuality: the explosion of common prostitution from 1849 to 1949
    4. The ancillary forms of prostitution
    5. The prostitutes in the twentieth century: an essay in social anthropology
    6. Sex, suffering and violence
    7. The female market in Shanghai and China
    8. The houses of prostitution in the urban space
    9. The organization and management of the houses of prostitution
    10.The economy of sex
    11. Disease prevention and the policing of morality
    12. The abolitionist movement in Shanghai (1915–1925)
    13. The Nationalists and regulationism Chinese style (1927–1949)
    14. The institutions for the rescue of the prostitutes (1880–1949)

  • Author

    Christian Henriot, Lumière-Lyon II University


    Noel Castelino

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