Lisa Tran's Concubines in Court: Marriage and Monogamy in PDF

By Lisa Tran

This groundbreaking e-book analyzes marriage and family members reform in twentieth-century China. Lisa Tran’s exam of alterations within the belief of concubinage explores the sophisticated, but very significant, shifts within the development of monogamy in modern China. both vital is her use of lawsuits to evaluate how those shifts affected criminal and social perform. Tran argues that this dramatic tale has frequently been missed, resulting in the flawed end that concubinage remained mostly unchanged or quietly disappeared in “modern” China. as a rule considered as a minor spouse simply because her “husband” used to be already married, a concubine stumbled on her felony prestige in query lower than a political order that got here to be in keeping with the foundations of monogamy and equality. but even supposing the customized of concubinage got here less than assault within the early 20th century, identical to the concubine stirred public sympathy. How did lawmakers assault the perform with no jeopardizing the pursuits of concubines? Conversely, how did jurists defend the pursuits of girls with out showing to sanction concubinage? How legislations and society negotiated those conflicting pursuits dramatically altered current perspectives of monogamy and marriage and restructured gender and kin relations.

As the 1st in-depth examine of the that means and perform of monogamy and concubinage in glossy China, this ebook makes a huge contribution to our realizing of chinese language society and felony norms. moreover, via crossing the “1949 divide,” it compares the Guomindang’s designation of concubinage as adultery with the chinese language Communist Party’s remedy 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 historical past, women’s historical past, and felony background, this ebook makes a special and demanding contribution to the scholarship in all 3 fields.

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