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Revolutionizing the Family: Politics, Love, and Divorce in Urban and Rural China, 1949-1968

Neil Diamant


In 1950, China's new Communist government enacted a Marriage Law to allow free choice in marriage and easier access to divorce. Prohibiting arranged marriages, concubinage, and bigamy, it was one of the most dramatic efforts ever by a state to change marital and family relationships. In this comprehensive study of the effects of that law, the text draws on newly opened urban and rural archival sources to offer a detailed analysis of how the law was interpreted and implemented throughout the country. In sharp contrast to previous studies of the Marriage Law, which have argued that it had little ... More

Keywords: China, Marriage Law, marriage, divorce, arranged marriages, concubinage, bigamy, family relationships, Maoist period, engagement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780520217201
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520217201.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil Diamant, author