- Title Pages
- Conventions in the Text
- 1 “Getting a Husband to Support a Husband”
- 2 Attitudes of Families, Communities, and Women toward Polyandry
- 3 The Intermediate Range of Practice
- 4 Anatomy of a Wife Sale
- 5 Analysis of the Prices in Wife Sales
- 6 Negotiations between Men over Wife Sales
- 7 Wives, Their Natal Families, and Children
- 8 Four Variations on a Theme
- 9 Formal Law and Central Court Interpretation from Ming through High Qing
- 10 Absolutism versus Pragmatism in Central Court Treatment of Wife Sales
- 11 Flexible Adjudication of Routine Cases in the Local Courts
- Appendix A: Qing Dynasty Reign Periods (1644–1912)
- Appendix B: Profiles of the Protagonists in Wife Sales
- Appendix C: Prices in Wife Sales
- Appendix D: The Qing Penal System
- Appendix E: Judicial Review (as Seen in <i>Xingke Tiben</i>)
- Character List
- (p.1) Introduction
- Polyandry and Wife-Selling In Qing Dynasty China
Matthew H. Sommer
- University of California Press
Chapter 1 introduces the book by explaining the broader context of polyandry and wife sale in terms of skewed sex ratios, the traffic in women, stigmatized and prohibited marriage practices, and sex work. It also introduces the sources for the study, including legal cases from local and central court archives of the Qing dynasty.
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