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Chinese Families in the Post-Mao Era$
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Deborah Davis and Stevan Harrell

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780520077973

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520077973.001.0001

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Wedding Behavior and Family Strategies in Chengdu

Wedding Behavior and Family Strategies in Chengdu

(p.189) Eight Wedding Behavior and Family Strategies in Chengdu
Chinese Families in the Post-Mao Era

Deborah Davis

Stevan Harrell

University of California Press

Marriage decisions are central to any discussion of family strategies. Normally, marriage is a central step in the age-old Chinese effort to continue the family line. It should also be obvious that not just any marriage will do. Which individuals' sons or daughters marry may have important consequences for the future prospects not only of those sons and daughters, but also of the larger families in which they grew up. Which partners are chosen and how the wedding is celebrated may affect the social status and links to useful patrons and allies of those involved. Whether particular marriages result in an expansion of an existing family or the setting up of an independent household may influence the opportunities Chinese have to succeed in the world that confronts them. For these and other reasons, it is obvious that marriage is a central focus of family strategic thinking.

Keywords:   marriage, family, strategic thinking, sons, daughters, wedding, household, Chinese

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