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Governing Prostitution in the People's Republic of China

Funding: 2009: $52,000
2010: $41,514
2011: $40,000

Project Member(s): Jeffreys, E.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)

Start year: 2009

Summary: This project will generate knowledge for 'Understanding Our Region and the World', part of the National Research Priority Safeguarding Australia. It will do so by producing the first detailed study of the governmental regulation of prostitution in present day China. Its impact will be increased knowledge of different, local responses to the governance of prostitution businesses and practices. It will position Australian research at the international forefront of this field, thereby enabling Australian researchers to lead and contribute to international policy debate on prostitution, public health issues and related government regulation.


Jeffreys, E & Su, G 2018, Governing HIV in China: Commercial Sex, Homosexuality and Rural-to-urban Migration, Routledge, Abingdon.

Jeffreys, E 2015, 'Sex work in China' in McLelland & Mackie, MMVM (ed), Routledge Handbook of Sexuality Studies in East Asia, Taylor & Francis, USA.

Jeffreys, E 2014, 'Exposing Police Corruption and Malfeasance: China's Virgin Prostitute Cases' in Holmes, L (ed), Police Corruption: Essential Readings, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Cheltenham, UK.

Jeffreys, E 2012, '"Over My Dead Body": Media Constructions of Forced Prostitution in the People's Republic of China' in Devleena Ghosh (ed), Shadowlines: Women and Borders in Contemporary Asia, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastel-on-Tyne, pp. 36-63.

Jeffreys, E 2012, 'Prostitution and Propaganda in the People's Republic of China' in Anne-Marie Brady (ed), China's Thought Management, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 146-163.

Jeffreys, E & Su, G 2011, 'China's 100 Per Cent Condom Use Program: Customising the Thai Experience', Asian Studies Review, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 315-333.
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Jeffreys, E 2010, 'Exposing Police Corruption and Malfeasance: China's Virgin Prostitutes Cases', The China Journal, vol. 63, pp. 127-149.

Jeffreys, E 2010, 'Regulating private affairs in contemporary China: Private investigators and the policing of spousal infidelity', China Information, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 149-167.
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Keywords: China, Governance, Social Stability, Sexual Health, Prostitution, Women,

FOR Codes: Culture, Gender, Sexuality, Other Language and Culture, Social Change, Understanding political systems, Gender, Political Systems, Gender and Sexualities, Culture, Gender, Sexuality, Language, Communication and Culture not elsewhere classified