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Money boys in Chengdu, China: migration, entrepreneurial precarity and health service access.

Authors
  • Huynh, Anthony1
  • Yu, Nancy1
  • Zhang, Juying2
  • Chevrier, Claudyne1
  • Lazarus, Lisa1
  • Blanchard, James1
  • Lorway, Robert1
  • 1 Center for Global Public Health, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 2 West China School of Public Health, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China. , (China)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Culture, health & sexuality
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2020
Volume
22
Issue
12
Pages
1333–1348
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2019.1679393
PMID: 31661667
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

This qualitative study highlights the complex interplay between the social and structural conditions in Chengdu, China that shape the possibilities and vulnerabilities of money boys' sexual health. Within the context of China's liberalised market economy, we explore (1) how money boys' enter the sex trade market and navigate their sexual networks; (2) how their lives are enmeshed in fields of sexual desire, stigma and coercion; and (3) how the illicit and stigmatising nature of their work poses barriers to health service access. Findings reveal how the sex trade market and clinic are precarious spaces in which entrepreneurial ethics of the self and stigma-related coercive relations simultaneously enable and constrain money boys' sexual freedom and safer sex practices. By understanding this entrepreneurial precarity through the co-articulation of clinical and organisational work spaces, public health and social service providers can have a stronger sense of how various vulnerabilities configure to affect safer sex practices.

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