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Mabiki : infanticide and population growth in eastern Japan, 1660-1950

Author: Fabian Franz Drixler
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, [2013] ©2013
Series: Asia--local studies/global themes, 25.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In parts of eighteenth-century Japan, couples raised only two or three children. As villages shrank and headcounts dwindled, posters of child-murdering she-devils began to appear, and governments  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fabian Franz Drixler
ISBN: 9780520272439 0520272439
OCLC Number: 788263323
Description: xvii, 417 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: List of illustrations --
Acknowledgements --
A note on conventions --
Introduction : contested worldviews and a demographic revolution --
The culture of low fertility, ca. 1660/1790 --
Three cultures of family planning --
Humans, animals, and newborn children --
Infanticide and immortality : the logic of the stem household --
The material and moral economy of infanticide --
The logic of infant selection --
The ghosts of missing children : four approaches to estimating the rate of infanticide --
Redefining reproduction : the long retreat of infanticide, ca. 1790/1950 --
Infanticide and extinction --
"Inferior even to animals" : moral suasion and the boundaries of humanity --
Subsidies and surveillance --
Even a strong castle cannot be defended without soldiers : infanticide and national security --
Infanticide and the geography of civilization --
Epilogue : infanticide in the shadows of the modern state --
Conclusion --
Appendix 1. The own-children method and its mortality assumptions --
Appendix 2. Sampling biases, sources of error, and the characteristics of the ten provinces dataset --
Appendix 3. The villages of the ten provinces dataset --
Appendix 4. Total fertility rates in the districts of the ten provinces --
Appendix 5. Regional infanticide reputations --
Appendix 6. Scrolls and votive tablets with infanticide scenes --
Appendix 7. Childrearing subsidies and pregnancy surveillance by domain --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Asia--local studies/global themes, 25.
Responsibility: Fabian Drixler.

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