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Polyandry and Wife-Selling In Qing Dynasty ChinaSurvival Strategies and Judicial Interventions$
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Matthew H. Sommer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520287037

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520287037.001.0001

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“Getting a Husband to Support a Husband”

“Getting a Husband to Support a Husband”

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(p.23) 1 “Getting a Husband to Support a Husband”
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Polyandry and Wife-Selling In Qing Dynasty China
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Matthew H. Sommer

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520287037.003.0002

This chapter explains the two main forms of polyandry: a contractual arrangement whereby an outside male was “brought in” as a second husband; and chosen (fictive) kinship, whereby he became the first husband’s sworn brother. It analyses contracts for polyandry and the ideology of masculinity that informed these practices; it compares them with other marriage forms, including levirate and polygyny.

Keywords:   polyandry, sworn brotherhood, chosen kinship, fictive kinship, masculinity, polygyny

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