Marriage, Kinship and Power in Northern China

1st Edition

Jennifer Holmgren

Published November 30, 1995
Reference - 352 Pages
ISBN 9780860785545 - CAT# Y283655
Series: Variorum Collected Studies


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This volume focuses on changing marriage practices and kinship structures in a setting of interaction between the ruling elites and their Chinese subjects. The collection covers three major themes: the unique adaptability of steppe society in the face of threats to its politcal dominance; the way shifts in inheritance procedure (including rights of office) induce a radical shift in attitudes to marriage as well as change in the parameters of kinship solidarity; and the enduring importance of affinal ties (connections through the mother, wife and sister) in Chinese society.

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