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Article: Sex Work In China’s Pearl River Delta: Accumulating Sexual Capital As A Life-advancement Strategy.

TitleSex Work In China’s Pearl River Delta: Accumulating Sexual Capital As A Life-advancement Strategy.
Authors
Issue Date2013
PublisherSage Publications Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journal.aspx?pid=105771
Citation
Sexualities, 2013, v. 16 n. 1-2, p. 43-60 How to Cite?
AbstractWe develop the concept of sexual capital through examining cases of female sex workers (referred to as xiaojies in Chinese) in the Pearl River Delta, a highly industrialized region of south China. We explore the properties of sexual capital and the conditions that allow them to function. Xiaojies employ sexual and body practices to develop different ‘currencies’: those of bodily beauty; sexual values, knowledge, practices and skills; performance (entertainment and gender performance); and sexual and emotional sophistication – in exchange for economic, social and cultural capital. However, even if sexual capital fails to be converted to the social and economic capital needed for achieving desired goals, these women experience a self-transformation, from rural country girls into sexy, modern and urban women. Such sexual capital is essential for xiaojies who do not have many other resources and are constantly subject to regulations concerning rural migrants and prostitution. This is not only about ‘guanxi’ (social capital, social connections with others) and social network, which were considered essential in earlier studies, but also about self-esteem, emotional capacity, cognitive understanding of life and so on. Sexual capital involves the capacity for sexual expression and developing a new relationship with oneself, and has emotional significance, in addition to its potential for acquiring social and economic capital.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/186238
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.673
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.492
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dc.contributor.authorDing, Yen_US
dc.contributor.authorHo, PSYen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-08-20T12:01:09Z-
dc.date.available2013-08-20T12:01:09Z-
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifier.citationSexualities, 2013, v. 16 n. 1-2, p. 43-60en_US
dc.identifier.issn1363-4607-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/186238-
dc.description.abstractWe develop the concept of sexual capital through examining cases of female sex workers (referred to as xiaojies in Chinese) in the Pearl River Delta, a highly industrialized region of south China. We explore the properties of sexual capital and the conditions that allow them to function. Xiaojies employ sexual and body practices to develop different ‘currencies’: those of bodily beauty; sexual values, knowledge, practices and skills; performance (entertainment and gender performance); and sexual and emotional sophistication – in exchange for economic, social and cultural capital. However, even if sexual capital fails to be converted to the social and economic capital needed for achieving desired goals, these women experience a self-transformation, from rural country girls into sexy, modern and urban women. Such sexual capital is essential for xiaojies who do not have many other resources and are constantly subject to regulations concerning rural migrants and prostitution. This is not only about ‘guanxi’ (social capital, social connections with others) and social network, which were considered essential in earlier studies, but also about self-esteem, emotional capacity, cognitive understanding of life and so on. Sexual capital involves the capacity for sexual expression and developing a new relationship with oneself, and has emotional significance, in addition to its potential for acquiring social and economic capital.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSage Publications Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journal.aspx?pid=105771-
dc.relation.ispartofSexualitiesen_US
dc.rightsSexualities. Copyright © Sage Publications Ltd.-
dc.titleSex Work In China’s Pearl River Delta: Accumulating Sexual Capital As A Life-advancement Strategy.en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailHo, PSY: psyho@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityHo, PSY=rp00553en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1363460712466211-
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dc.identifier.hkuros218330en_US
dc.identifier.volume16en_US
dc.identifier.issue1-2-
dc.identifier.spage43en_US
dc.identifier.epage60en_US
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000318811800004-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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