Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Disgraceful MattersThe Politics of Chastity in Eighteenth-Century China$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Janet Theiss

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520240339

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520240339.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use (for details see http://california.universitypressscholarship.com/page/535/privacy-policy-and-legal-notice).date: 19 October 2017

Enforcing Gender Order: Between the Ancestral Hall and the Yamen

Enforcing Gender Order: Between the Ancestral Hall and the Yamen

Chapter:
(p.64) (p.65) Chapter 3 Enforcing Gender Order: Between the Ancestral Hall and the Yamen
Source:
Disgraceful Matters
Author(s):

Janet M. Theiss

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520240339.003.0006

Family and community authorities were supposed to be catalysts for moral transformation. They were expected to share the state's normative priorities, to serve as effective mediators between state and society, and to transmit and enforce the values associated with state orthodoxy. However, nagging concerns about the weakness or corruption of local magistrates, local elites, and community elders haunted their proposals and reports, and they were especially ambivalent about the effectiveness and commitment of lineage leaders to the imperial state's agenda. While the state was profoundly ambivalent about the proper normative and judicial role of lineage leaders, criminal cases reveal that their authority was regularly challenged by their own relatives as well, suggesting the limitations on their ability to be effective arbiters of morality in local communities.

Keywords:   family authorities, moral transformation, state orthodoxy, morality, lineage leaders

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.