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Sex, law, and society in late imperial China

Author: Matthew Harvey Sommer
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, ©2000.
Series: Law, society, and culture in China.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This study of the regulation of sexuality during the Qing dynasty explores the social context for sexual behavior criminalized by the Chinese state. It argues that the eighteenth century witnessed profound change in imperial law: the basic organizing principle for the regulation of sexuality shifted away from status, under which members of different groups had long been held to distinct standards of familial and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Harvey Sommer
ISBN: 0804736952 9780804736954 0804745595 9780804745598
OCLC Number: 41967227
Description: xvi, 413 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
A vision of sexual order --
The evolution of rape law : female chastity and the threat of the outside male --
The problem of the penetrated male : Qing sodomy legislation and the fixing of male gender --
Widows in the Qing chastity cult : the nexus of sex and property in law and in women's lives --
Sexual behavior as status performance : the regulation of prostitution before 1723 --
Extension of commoner standards : Yongzheng reforms and the criminalization of prostitution --
Conclusion --
Appendixes. Basic legislation against sex offenses ; Qing sodomy legislation ; Forced remarriage of Chaste widows ; Lu Kun's "Prohibitions Issued to Yue households" ; Dynasties and reign periods.
Series Title: Law, society, and culture in China.
Responsibility: Matthew H. Sommer.
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