Querying Queer Theory - Debating Male-Male Prostitution in the Chinese Media

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dc.contributor.author Jeffreys, E
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-21T02:39:57Z
dc.date.issued 2007-01
dc.identifier.citation Critical Asian Studies, 2007, 39 (1), pp. 151 - 175
dc.identifier.issn 1467-2715
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/5624
dc.description.abstract This article examines media publicity surrounding the case of Li Ning - a 34-year-old native of Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province, who made legal history in the People's Republic of China (PRC) on 17 October 2004 when he was sentenced to eight years jail and fined 60,000 yuan for organizing male-male prostitution services in a recreational business enterprise. Reportedly the first conviction of its kind, the case proved to be controversial for three reasons. First, it prompted legal debate over the nature of China's recent shift to a "rule of law" and associated conceptions of due legal process and individual and sexual rights. Second, it intimated that homosocial prostitution - male-male prostitution in which neither participant may self-identify as homosexual - is an integral but frequently neglected component of China's burgeoning, albeit banned, sex industry. Finally, it raised questions regarding the perceived appropriate parameters of same-sex sexual conduct in a country facing rapidly increasing rates of HIV/AIDS infection. An examination of media coverage of these concerns suggests that accusations of official homophobia in the PRC are overstated: they elide the specificity of debates on homosexuality in present- day China due to their overarching concern with Western understandings of sexuality as constitutive of selfhood and ( rightful) sociopolitical identity.
dc.publisher Routledge
dc.relation.hasversion Accepted manuscript version
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1080/14672710601171772
dc.rights This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Critical Asian Studies Volume 39, Issue 1, 2007 pages 151-175 for the final version of the article as published in the Critical Asian Studies 2007 copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/ http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14672710601171772
dc.title Querying Queer Theory - Debating Male-Male Prostitution in the Chinese Media
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Critical Asian Studies
dc.journal.volume 1
dc.journal.volume 39
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation Great Britain` en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 151 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 175 en_US
dc.cauo.name FASS.Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 2002 Cultural Studies
dc.personcode 011199
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Cultural Studies en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.location.activity ISI:000245435700007 en_US
dc.description.keywords IDENTITIES; SEXUALITY; SEX en_US
dc.description.keywords IDENTITIES
dc.description.keywords SEXUALITY
dc.description.keywords SEX
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
utslib.copyright.status Open Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:23:47.074767+10
utslib.collection.history General (ID: 2)

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