"Regulating Prostitution in China is a pioneering work of political and social analysis that honestly and forcefully explores the very different ways local governments in China in the early 20th century grappled with the moral and governmental challenges posed by prostitution. The current global discussion over whether prostitution should be legalized, regulated, or abolished finds illuminating antecedents in a series of fascinating and cautionary case studies that expose the ways in which toxic cocktails of criminality, greed, corruption, the endemic exploitation of women, and, sadly, good intentions can lead to one bad policy outcome after another." - David G. Strand, Dickinson College "This thoughtful and surprising study takes us into the world of three Chinese cities in the early twentieth century. There we find prostitution much on the minds of local officials - a challenge to local social order, and also a substantial source of tax revenue for roads, education, and policing. Remick provides a powerful account of the regulation of gender and sexuality at the heart of China's modern state-building." - Gail Hershatter, University of California, Santa Cruz
About the Author
Elizabeth J. Remick is Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts University. She is the author of "Building Local States: China During the Republican and Post-Mao Eras" (2004).