Accepted paper:

From literati to entrepreneurial masculinities

Author:

Tiantian Zheng (State University of New York, Cortland)

Paper short abstract:

Drawing on my 24-month ethnographic research of karaoke bar hostesses and male clients in the Chinese urban sex industry, this paper seeks to fill this lacuna and enlighten the kind of entrepreneurial masculinity prevalent in the globalizing era of China through an ethnographic and historical analysis. Through tracing the historic evolution of masculinity in China from literati to entrepreneurial masculinity, I argue that the entrepreneurial masculinity in postsocialist China resurrects and reclaims masculine power to overcome the emasculated and castrated masculinity during the Communist era, and goes hand in and hand with female subjugation and male’s political resistance of the state.

Paper long abstract:

Drawing on my 24-month ethnographic research of karaoke bar hostesses and male clients in the Chinese urban sex industry, this paper seeks to fill this lacuna and enlighten the kind of entrepreneurial masculinity prevalent in the globalizing era of China through an ethnographic and historical analysis. Through tracing the historic evolution of masculinity in China from literati to entrepreneurial masculinity, I argue that the entrepreneurial masculinity in postsocialist China resurrects and reclaims masculine power to overcome the emasculated and castrated masculinity during the Communist era, and goes hand in and hand with female subjugation and male's political resistance of the state.

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