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Mabiki – Infanticide and Population Growth in Eastern Japan, 1660-1950 - California Scholarship Online
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Mabiki: Infanticide and Population Growth in Eastern Japan, 1660-1950

Fabian Drixler


This book tells the story of a society reversing deeply held worldviews and revolutionizing its demography. In parts of eighteenth-century Japan, couples raised only two or three children. As villages shrank and domain headcounts dwindled, posters of child-murdering she-devils began to appear, and governments offered to pay their subjects to have more children. In these pages, the long conflict over the meaning of infanticide comes to life once again. Those who killed babies saw themselves as responsible parents to their chosen children. Those who opposed infanticide redrew the boundaries of h ... More

Keywords: Japan, infanticide, population growth, Japanese state, fertility rates, demographic history, unidirectional change, village registers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780520272439
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520272439.001.0001


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Fabian Drixler, author

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