China, Sex and Prostitution
Routledge – 2004 – 228 pages
China, Sex and Prostitution is a topical and important critique of recent scholarship in China studies concerning sexuality, prostitution and policing. Jeffrey's arguments are constructed in the form of detailed analysis of a wide range of primary texts, including documents, press reports, police report, and policy and legal pronouncements, and secondary literature in both English and Chinese. The work engages with some key debates in the fields of cultural and gender studies and will be welcomed by scholars in these areas as well as by China specialists, sociologists and anthropologists.
'Jeffreys' study of the Chinese policing of prostitution is a very important empirical contribution to the study of Chinese policing and Chinese perspectives on prostitution. Her approach also challenges the applicability of liberal concepts of sex work and prostitutes' rights to contexts beyond China.' - The China Review
'Jeffrey's book is a must-read for all China scholars because as China transitions so must the academic field that professionally interprets it.' - China Information
Introduction: Telling Tales 1. Changing China: Changing China Studies 2. Changing Institutional Categories and Academic Legitimacy 3. Feminist Prostitution Debates and Responses 4. Prostitution Debates and a Changing China 5. Re-Situating the Chinese Response to Prostitution 6. Policing Change: Changing Disciplinary Technologies Conclusion: China, Sex and Prostitution Reconsidered
Elaine Jeffreys lectures in China Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.