272 pages, 6 x 9
Sexuality in China
Histories of Power and Pleasure
Edited by Howard Chiang
University of Washington Press
What was sex like in China, from imperial times through the post-Mao era? The answer depends, of course, on who was having sex, where they were located in time and place, and what kind of familial, social, and political structures they participated in. This collection offers a variety of perspectives by addressing diverse topics such as polygamy, pornography, free love, eugenics, sexology, crimes of passion, homosexuality, intersexuality, transsexuality, masculine anxiety, sex work, and HIV/AIDS. Following a loose chronological sequence, the chapters examine revealing historical moments in which human desire and power dynamics came into play. Collectively, the contributors undertake a necessary historiographic intervention by reconsidering Western categorizations and exploring Chinese understandings of sexuality and erotic orientation.
The most concise overview of the many variations of Chinese plural family arrangements I have ever read. A most intriguing investigation!
This volume has the potential to serve as a field-shifter-it brings together important conceptual work, and it shows ways of thinking about sources that will be inspiring to other scholars. It is enormously exciting.
Howard Chiang is assistant professor of history at the University of California, Davis. He is the editor of Transgender China, Psychiatry and Chinese History, and Historical Epistemology and the Making of Modern Chinese Medicine. The contributors are Peter J. Carroll, Mirela David, Paul R. Goldin, Debby Chih-yen Huang, Keith McMahon, Elanah Uretsky, Ping Yao, Shana Ye, and Everett Yuehong Zhang.
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