It is now almost a cliché to claim that China and the Chinese people have changed. Yet inside the new clothing that is worn by the Chinese man today, Kam Louie contends, we still see much of the historical Chinese man. With contributions from a team of outstanding scholars, Changing Chinese Masculinities studies a range of Chinese men in diverse and, most importantly, Chinese contexts. It explores the fundamental meaning of manhood in the Chinese setting and the very notion of an indigenous Chinese masculinity.
In twelve chapters spanning the late imperial period to the present day, Changing Chinese Masculinities brings a much needed historical dimension to the discussion. Key aspects defining the male identity such as family relationships and attitudes toward sex, class, and career are explored in depth. Familiar notions of Chinese manhood come in all shapes and sizes. Concubinage reemerges as the taking of “second wives” in recent decades. Male homoerotic love and male prostitution are shown to have long historical roots. The self-images of the literati and officials form an interesting contrast with those of the contemporary white-collar men. Masculinity and nationalism complement each other in troubling ways. China has indeed changed and is still changing, but most of these social transformations do not indicate a complete break with past beliefs or practices in gender relations.
Changing Chinese Masculinities inaugurates the Hong Kong University Press book series “Transnational Asian Masculinities.”
Kam Louie is an honorary professor at the University of Hong Kong and UNSW, Australia. He is the author of Theorising Chinese Masculinity.
- List of Contributors(第9页)
- Part 1 Late Imperial Chinese Masculinity(第23页)
- 1. Polygamy and Masculinity in China: Past and Present(第25页)
- 2. The Manhood of a Pinshi (Poor Scholar): The Gendered Spaces in the Six Records of a Floating Life(第46页)
- 3. Theater and the Text-Spatial Reproduction of Literati and Mercantile Masculinities in Nineteenth-Century Beijing(第63页)
- 4. The Plebifi cation of Male-Love in Late Ming Fiction: The Forgotten Tales of Longyang(第84页)
- 5. Aestheticizing Masculinity in Honglou meng: Clothing, Dress, and Decoration(第102页)
- 6. Drawings of a Life of “Unparalleled Glory”: Ideal Manhood and the Rise of Pictorial Autobiographies in China(第125页)
- Part 2 Chinese Masculinity Today(第147页)
- 7. Making Class and Gender: White-Collar Men in Postsocialist China(第149页)
- 8. Corruption, Masculinity, and Jianghu Ideology in the PRC(第169页)
- 9. The Postsocialist Working Class: Male Heroes in Jia Zhangke’s Films(第185页)
- 10. The Chinese Father: Masculinity, Conjugal Love, and Parental Involvement(第198页)
- 11. All Dogs Deserve to Be Beaten: Negotiating Manhood and Nationhood in Chinese TV Dramas(第216页)
- 12. The Anthropology of Chinese Masculinity in Taiwan and Hong Kong(第232页)