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Marriage and Inequality in Chinese Society$
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Rubie Watson and Patricia Buckley Ebrey

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780520069305

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520069305.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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Marriage and Inequality in Chinese Society
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Patricia Buckley Ebrey

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520069305.003.0001

This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to examine the relation between marriage and social, political, and economic inequalities. Inequality has not been a neglected topic in Chinese studies. The imperial institution, the civil service recruitment system, the distribution of landholding, and the ideology of class and gender differentiation have all been studied in detail. Yet little attention has been given to the ways marriage mediated inequality or inequalities structured marriage. The book investigates these processes and mechanisms by focusing on how marriage relates to three forms of inequality: the political power of rulers; the social and economic differences among families; and the inequalities between men and women and among women. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   marriage, Chinese studies, China, inequality, political power, economic differences, gender inequality

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