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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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The Marriage of Sung Imperial Clanswomen

The Marriage of Sung Imperial Clanswomen

(p.133) Four The Marriage of Sung Imperial Clanswomen
Marriage and Inequality in Chinese Society

John W. Chaffee

University of California Press

This chapter attempts to piece together a picture of clanswomen's marriages, and changes in them, during the Sung. In doing so, it addresses three related questions. First, what kinds of exchanges were involved in the women's marriages, and, more specifically, what were the purposes behind the government's clan marriage regulation? Second, whom did the clanswomen marry? Third, how did these marriages deal with issues of inequality in light of the innate tension between the subordinate role clanswomen were supposed to assume in their husbands' families on the one hand, and the superior connections, resources, and power that they brought into their marriages on the other?

Keywords:   clanswomen, marriages, Sung dynasty, inequality, imperial clans

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