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

Author: Matthew H Sommer
Publisher: Oakland, California University of California Press [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew H Sommer
ISBN: 9780520287037 0520287037
OCLC Number: 930082476
Notes: Polyandry. "Getting a husband to support a husband". Attitudes of families, communities, and women toward polyandry. The intermediate range of practice -- Wife-selling. Anatomy of a wife sale. Analysis of prices in wife sales. Negotiations between men in wife sales. Wives, natal families, and children. Four variations on a theme -- Polyandry and wife-selling in Qing law. Formal law and central court interpretation from Ming through high Qing. Absolutism versus pragmatism in central court treatment of wife sales. Flexible adjudication of routine cases in the local courts
Description: XIII, 478 Seiten Karten
Responsibility: Matthew H. Sommer

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