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This two-volume Handbook provides a major thematic overview of global sexualities, spanning each of the continents, and its study, which is both reflective and prospective, and includes traditional approaches and emerging themes. The Handbook offers a robust theoretical underpinning and critical outlook on current global, glocal, and 'new' sexualities and practices, whilst offering an extensive reflection on current challenges and future directions of the field. The broad coverage of topics engages with a range of theories, and maintains a multi-disciplinary framework. PART ONE: Understanding Sexuality: Epistemologies/Conceptual and Methodological Challenges; PART TWO: Enforcing and Challenging Sexual Norms; PART THREE: Interrogating/Undoing Sexual Categories; PART FOUR: Enhancement Practices and Sexual Markets/Industries; PART FIVE: Sexual Rights and Citizenship (And the Governance of Sexuality); PART SIX: Sexuality and Social Movements; and PART SEVEN: Language and Cultural Representation.

Chapter 8: Sex and Secrecy in the Field: Methodological Dilemmas in Research in Chinese Massage Parlours

Sex and Secrecy in the Field: Methodological Dilemmas in Research in Chinese Massage Parlours
Sex and secrecy in the field: methodological dilemmas in research in chinese massage parlours
Marie-Louise Janssen
Introduction

Fieldwork is based on the interaction between researcher and the researched; both the researcher and the research participants mutually construct explanations and interpretations (Jackson, 1998; Rabinow, 1977). With exceptions, such as in Malinowski's book Diary (1967), which revealed the sexual fantasies and experiences of the anthropologist in the field, the topic of the researcher's sexuality during fieldwork has been little discussed within the discipline of anthropology. Within geographical fieldwork, sexuality, and how it impacts on the research process, has only quite recently become a legitimate area of research (Bain and Nash, ...

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