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Gods, Ghosts, and GangstersRitual Violence, Martial Arts, and Masculinity on the Margins of Chinese Society$
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Avron Boretz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833770

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833770.001.0001

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Wine, Women, and Song

Wine, Women, and Song

(p.176) Chapter 6 Wine, Women, and Song
Gods, Ghosts, and Gangsters

Avron Boretz

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on the nightlife pursuits of drinking and male carousing. Drinking and carousing are seminal to the construction of masculine identity in China and Taiwan. For the denizens of the jianghu, it is an undertaking critical not only to their identities as individuals and as men, but also to their very livelihoods. The conventionalized practices (but also the spontaneous and sometimes violent exigencies) of the nightlife, exaggerated and intensified by alcohol and charged with female sexuality, greatly amplify the performative qualities of behavior and the kinesthetic, bodily nature of social interaction. Nightlife activities are thus a perfect venue to observe generic expressions of male camaraderie, competition and contest, and sexuality.

Keywords:   nightlife, drinking, carousing, jianghu, masculine identity, masculinity, sexuality

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