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Sexuality in a Changing China : Young Women, Sex and Intimate Relations in the Reform Period (Hardcover)

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China has experienced rapid economic and social change since the beginning of the 'Open Door' policy in 1978. Yet at the same time, the legacy of the Mao era remains and elements of Confucianism continue to exist in the reform period. As a result, traditional views concerning gender roles and sexual attitudes and practices persist. Based on interviews with forty-three women in Shanghai, this book investigates the way in which young women, born under the one child policy in China, consider sexuality and intimate relations in the 21st Century. Covering their thoughts and views on issues such as sex education, the rise of ‘dating culture’ and ‘ideal’ husbands, it is argued that reform China offers young women a series of contradictory expectations of sex and relationships. Despite the Party-State rhetoric of equality, participant narratives ultimately highlight the limited discourse of desire and sexual autonomy available to young women, the prevalence of essentialist notions of femininity and masculinity and the continuing norm of marriage as the only legitimate context for female sexual expression.

As a valuable contribution to the literature focusing on attitudes towards sexuality and relationships in post-Mao China, this title will be useful for students of Chinese Studies, Women’s Studies, Gender Studies and Sociology.

Number of Pages: 172
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Marriage, Women
Series Title: Routledge Research on Gender in Asia
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Nicole Zarafonetis
Language: English
Street Date: June 23, 2017
TCIN: 52835458
UPC: 9781138240148
Item Number (DPCI): 248-48-9225
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