Gender, Sexuality, and Social Change in Contemporary China
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Drawing upon Raymond Williams’ notion of culture and in-depth interviews with 40 women, this article examines forces that have shaped the landscape of sexuality in China. It argues that the process of changing sexuality contains multiple and overlapping forms of sexual culture, in which the party-state’s ideology, emergent sexual cultures and traditional Chinese beliefs intertwine and struggle. In addition to age-based differences in attitudes towards sexual practices within studies of youth culture, this study incorporates a class-based variable into the account.
KeywordsGender Sexuality Social change Class Modernity Culture
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The author declares that she has no conflict of interest.
All procedures performed in this study involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of Concordia University Research Commitee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
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This article does not contain any studies with animals performed by any of the authors.
Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.
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