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Red lights : the lives of sex workers in postsocialist China

Author: Tiantian Zheng
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2009.
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In China today, sex work cannot be untangled from the phenomenon of rural-urban migration, the entertainment industry, and state power. In Red Lights, Tiantian Zheng highlights the urban karaoke bar as the locus at which these three factors intersect and provides a rich account of the lives of karaoke hostesses--a career whose name disguises the sex work and minimizes the surprising influence these women often have  Read more...
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Zheng, Tiantian.
Red lights.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2009
(DLC) 2008047510
(OCoLC)271104613
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tiantian Zheng
ISBN: 9780816668205 0816668205
OCLC Number: 435970402
Description: 1 online resource (293 pages)
Contents: Introduction: Masculinity, power, and the Chinese state --
Patriarchy, prostitution, and masculinity in Dalian --
From banquets to karaoke bars : a new sexual awakening --
Fierce rivalries, unstable bonds : class in the karaoke bars --
Turning the grain : sex and the modern man --
The return of the prodigal daughter --
Clothes make the woman --
Performing love : the commodification of intimacy and romance --
Afterword: From entertainer to prostitute.
Responsibility: Tiantian Zheng.

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In China today, sex work cannot be untangled from the phenomenon of rural-urban migration, the entertainment industry, and state power. In Red Lights, Tiantian Zheng highlights the urban karaoke bar as the locus at which these three factors intersect and provides a rich account of the lives of karaoke hostesses--a career whose name disguises the sex work and minimizes the surprising influence these women often have as power brokers. Zheng embarked on two years of intensely embedded ethnographic fieldwork in her birthplace, Dalian, a large northeastern Chinese seaport of over six million people.

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