By Lisa Tran

This groundbreaking ebook analyzes marriage and kinfolk reform in twentieth-century China. Lisa Tran’s exam of adjustments within the belief of concubinage explores the sophisticated, but very significant, shifts within the development of monogamy in modern China. both very important is her use of proceedings to evaluate how those shifts affected felony and social perform. Tran argues that this dramatic tale has frequently been missed, resulting in the improper end that concubinage remained principally unchanged or quietly disappeared in “modern” China. in most cases seen as a minor spouse simply because her “husband” used to be already married, a concubine came across her felony prestige in query lower than a political order that got here to be in accordance with the rules of monogamy and equality. but even if the customized of concubinage got here below assault within the early 20th century, just like the concubine stirred public sympathy. How did lawmakers assault the perform with no jeopardizing the pursuits of concubines? Conversely, how did jurists shield the pursuits of ladies with no showing to sanction concubinage? How legislation and society negotiated those conflicting pursuits dramatically altered present perspectives of monogamy and marriage and restructured gender and relations relations.

As the 1st in-depth research of the that means and perform of monogamy and concubinage in sleek China, this e-book makes a big contribution to our figuring out of chinese language society and criminal norms. furthermore, via crossing the “1949 divide,” it compares the Guomindang’s designation of concubinage as adultery with the chinese language Communist Party’s therapy of it as bigamy, and attracts out the criminal implications for the perform of concubinage in addition to for ladies who have been concubines. Poised on the intersection of chinese language heritage, women’s historical past, and felony heritage, this e-book makes a special and critical contribution to the scholarship in all 3 fields.

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