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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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Four Variations on a Theme

Four Variations on a Theme

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(p.243) 8 Four Variations on a Theme
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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/9780520287037.003.0009

This chapter analyses four important variations of wife sale: indirect wife sale (i.e., “compensated divorce”); widow remarriage (which was modeled on direct wife sale, indirect wife sale, or polyandry); wife sale in the husband’s absence; and fraudulent wife sale (in which the wife posed as a widow). It concludes by showing how fraud ties them all together.

Keywords:   widow remarriage, compensated divorce, indirect wife sale, fraud, wife sale in husband’s absence

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