Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-278) and index.
Women, money, and class: Sima Guang and Song Neo-Confucian views on women. -- Concubines in Song China. -- Shifts in marriage finance from the sixth to the thirteenth century. -- The women in Liu Kezhuang's family. -- The early stages in the development of descent group organization. -- Cremation in Song China. -- Surnames and Han Chinese identity. -- Rethinking the imperial harem: Why were there so many palace women? -- Gender and sinology: shifting Western interpretations of footbinding, 1300-1890.
This is a collection of essays by one of the leading scholars of Chinese history, it explores features of the Chinese family, gender and kinship systems and places them in a historical context.
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