Opening Up: Youth Sex Culture and Market Reform in Shanghai / Edition 1 by James Farrer | 9780226238715 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Opening Up: Youth Sex Culture and Market Reform in Shanghai / Edition 1

Opening Up: Youth Sex Culture and Market Reform in Shanghai / Edition 1

by James Farrer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226238717

ISBN-13: 9780226238715

Pub. Date: 05/28/2002

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

From teen dating to public displays of affection, from the "fishing girls" and "big moneys" that wander discos in search of romance to the changing shape of sex in the Chinese city, this is a book like no other. James Farrer immerses himself in the vibrant nightlife of Shanghai, draws on individual and group interviews with Chinese youth, as well as recent changes

Overview

From teen dating to public displays of affection, from the "fishing girls" and "big moneys" that wander discos in search of romance to the changing shape of sex in the Chinese city, this is a book like no other. James Farrer immerses himself in the vibrant nightlife of Shanghai, draws on individual and group interviews with Chinese youth, as well as recent changes in popular media, and considers how sexual culture has changed in China since its shift to a more market-based economy.

More and more men and women in China these days are having sex before marriage, creating a new youth sex culture based on romance, leisure, and free choice. The Chinese themselves describe these changes as an "opening up" in response to foreign influences and increased Westernization. Farrer explores these changes by tracing the basic elements in talk about sex and sexuality in Shanghai. He then shows how Chinese youth act out the sometimes-contradictory meanings of sex in the new market society. For Farrer, sexuality is a lens through which we can see how China imagines and understands itself in the wake of increased globalization. Through personal storytelling, neighborhood gossip, and games of seduction, young men and women in Shanghai balance pragmatism with romance, lust with love, and seriousness with play, collectively constructing and individually coping with a new culture based on market principles. With its provocative glimpse into the sex lives of young Chinese, then, Opening Up offers something even greater: a thoughtful consideration of China as it continues to develop into an economic superpower.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226238715
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
412
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments....................xi
Introduction Sex and the Market....................1
1 Opening Up And Other Stories....................22
2 Scenes High and Low....................53
3 Characters Big and Small....................83
4 True Stories From Romance to Irony....................116
5 Talking Friends For Love and for Fun....................150
6 Feelings Good and Memorable....................186
7 Virginity Purity of Purpose....................223
8 Making Love And Talking about It....................258
9 Play Dance and Sex....................291
Methodological Appendix....................327
Notes....................340
Bibliography....................364
Index....................379

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