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Polyandry and wife-selling in Qing Dynasty China : survival strategies and judicial interventions

Author: Matthew Harvey Sommer
Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2015]
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This book is a study of polyandry, wife-selling, and a variety of related practices in China during the Qing dynasty (1644-1912). By analyzing over 1200 legal cases from local and central court archives, Matthew Sommer explores the functions played by marriage, sex, and reproduction in the survival strategies of the rural poor under conditions of overpopulation, worsening sex ratios, and shrinking farm sizes.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
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Sommer, Matthew Harvey, 1961-
Polyandry and wife-selling in Qing dynasty China.
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2015]
(DLC) 2015017190
(OCoLC)908554485
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Harvey Sommer
ISBN: 9780520962194 0520962192
OCLC Number: 913086388
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 496 pages) : map
Contents: Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Conventions in the Text; Map: Provinces of China Proper within the Qing Empire, circa 1800; Introduction; PART ONE: POLYANDRY; 1. "Getting a Husband to Support a Husband"; 2. Attitudes of Families, Communities, and Women toward Polyandry; 3. The Intermediate Range of Practice; PART TWO: WIFE-SELLING; 4. Anatomy of a Wife Sale; 5. Analysis of Prices in Wife Sales; 6. Negotiations between Men in Wife Sales; 7. Wives, Natal Families, and Children; 8. Four Variations on a Theme; PART THREE: POLYANDRY AND WIFE-SELLING IN QING LAW. 9. Formal Law and Central Court Interpretation from Ming through High Qing10. Absolutism versus Pragmatism in Central Court Treatment of Wife Sales; 11. Flexible Adjudication of Routine Cases in the Local Courts; Conclusion; Appendices A-E; APPENDIX A: QING DYNASTY REIGN PERIODS (1644-1912); APPENDIX B: PROFILES OF THE PROTAGONISTS IN WIFE SALES; APPENDIX C: PRICES IN WIFE SALES; APPENDIX D: THE QING PENAL SYSTEM; APPENDIX E: JUDICIAL REVIEW (AS SEEN IN XINGKE TIBEN); Character List; Notes; References; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; X; Y; Z.
Responsibility: Matthew H. Sommer.
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