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Dangerous pleasures : prostitution and modernity in twentieth-century Shanghai, Gail Hershatter

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Dangerous pleasures : prostitution and modernity in twentieth-century Shanghai
Title
Dangerous pleasures
Title remainder
prostitution and modernity in twentieth-century Shanghai
Statement of responsibility
Gail Hershatter
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This pioneering work examines prostitution in Shanghai from the late nineteenth century to the present. Drawn mostly from the daughters and wives of the working poor and declasse elites, prostitutes in Shanghai were near the bottom of class and gender hierarchies. Yet they were central figures in Shanghai urban life, entering the historical record whenever others wanted to appreciate, castigate, count, regulate, cure, pathologize, warn about, rescue, eliminate, or deploy them as a symbol in a larger social panorama. Over the past century, prostitution has been understood in many ways: as a source of urbanized pleasures, a profession full of unscrupulous and greedy schemers, a changing site of work for women, a source of moral danger and physical disease, a marker of national decay, and a sign of modernity. For the Communist leadership of the 1950s, the elimination of prostitution symbolized China's emergence as a strong, healthy, and modern nation. In the past decade, as prostitution once again has become a recognized feature of Chinese society, it has been incorporated into a larger public discussion about what kind of modernity China should seek and what kind of sex and gender arrangements should characterize that modernity. Prostitutes, like every other non-elite group, did not record their own lives. How can sources generated by intense public argument about the "larger" meanings of prostitution be read for clues to those lives? Hershatter makes use of a broad range of materials: guidebooks to the pleasure quarters, collections of anecdotes about high-class courtesans, tabloid gossip columns, municipal regulations prohibiting street soliciting, police interrogations of streetwalkers and those accused of trafficking in women, newspaper reports on court cases involving both courtesans and streetwalkers, polemics by Chinese and foreign reformers, learned articles by Chinese scholars commenting on the world history of prostitution and analyzing its local causes, surveys by doctors and social workers on sexually transmitted disease in various Shanghai populations, relief agency records, fictionalized accounts of the scams and sufferings of prostitutes, memoirs by former courtesan house patrons, and interviews with former officials and reformers. Although a courtesan may never set pen to paper, we can infer a great deal about her strategizing and working of the system through the vast cautionary literature that tells her customers how not to be defrauded by her. Newspaper accounts of the arrests and brief court testimonies of Shanghai streetwalkers let us glimpse the way that prostitutes positioned themselves to get the most they could from the legal system. Without recourse to direct speech, Hershatter argues, these women have nevertheless left an audible trace. Central to this study is the investigation of how things are known and later remembered, and how, later still, they are simultaneously apprehended and reinvented by the historian
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Hershatter, Gail
Dewey number
306.74/0951/132
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Language note
English
LC call number
HQ250.S52
LC item number
H47 1997eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Prostitution
  • Women
  • Women
  • Shanghai (China)
  • Shanghai (China)
  • PSYCHOLOGY
  • SELF-HELP
  • Prostitution
  • Social conditions
  • Women
  • Women
  • China
  • Prostituees
  • Prostitution
  • Soziale Situation
  • Prostitutie
  • Frau
  • Schanghai
  • Femmes
  • Prostitution
  • Frau
  • Sex Work
  • China
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Dangerous pleasures : prostitution and modernity in twentieth-century Shanghai, Gail Hershatter
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Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A Philip E. Lilienthal book"--Page [ii]
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 549-576) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. I. Histories and Hierarchies. Ch. 1. Introduction: Knowing and Remembering. Ch. 2. Classifying and Counting -- pt. II. Pleasures. Ch. 3. Rules of the House. Ch. 4. Affairs of the Heart. Ch. 5. Tricks of the Trade. Ch. 6. Careers -- pt. III. Dangers. Ch. 7. Trafficking. Ch. 8. Law and Disorder. Ch. 9. Disease -- pt. IV. Interventions. Ch. 10. Reformers. Ch. 11. Regulators. Ch. 12. Revolutionaries -- pt. V. Contemporary Conversations. Ch. 13. Naming. Ch. 14. Explaining. Ch. 15. History, Memory, and Nostalgia -- Glossary of Chinese Characters
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 591 pages, [26] pages of plates)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access to Internet version restricted to York University faculty, staff and students
Isbn
9780520204393
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other physical details
illustrations.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)43475319
  • (OCoLC)ocm43475319
Label
Dangerous pleasures : prostitution and modernity in twentieth-century Shanghai, Gail Hershatter
Link
https://ezproxy.lib.ou.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&AN=6907
Publication
Note
"A Philip E. Lilienthal book"--Page [ii]
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 549-576) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. I. Histories and Hierarchies. Ch. 1. Introduction: Knowing and Remembering. Ch. 2. Classifying and Counting -- pt. II. Pleasures. Ch. 3. Rules of the House. Ch. 4. Affairs of the Heart. Ch. 5. Tricks of the Trade. Ch. 6. Careers -- pt. III. Dangers. Ch. 7. Trafficking. Ch. 8. Law and Disorder. Ch. 9. Disease -- pt. IV. Interventions. Ch. 10. Reformers. Ch. 11. Regulators. Ch. 12. Revolutionaries -- pt. V. Contemporary Conversations. Ch. 13. Naming. Ch. 14. Explaining. Ch. 15. History, Memory, and Nostalgia -- Glossary of Chinese Characters
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 591 pages, [26] pages of plates)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access to Internet version restricted to York University faculty, staff and students
Isbn
9780520204393
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other physical details
illustrations.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)43475319
  • (OCoLC)ocm43475319

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