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Women in early imperial China / Bret Hinsch.

By: Hinsch, Bret.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Asia/Pacific/perspectives: Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2010Edition: 2nd ed.Description: xi, 239 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780742568242; 0742568245.Subject(s): Women -- China -- History | Women -- China -- Social conditions | China -- History -- Qin dynasty, 221-207 B.C | China -- History -- Han dynasty, 202 B.C.-220 A.D | Han Dynasty (China) | Qin Dynasty (China) | Women | Women -- Social conditions | China | Frau | Soziale Situation | China | 221 B.C.-220 A.DGenre/Form: History.DDC classification: 305.40931
Contents:
The context : early imperial China -- Kinship -- Wealth and work -- Law -- Government -- Learning -- Ritual -- Cosmology.
Summary: Recognized as the leading work in the field, this introductory survey offers the first sustained history of women in the early imperial era. Now in a revised edition that incorporates the latest scholarship and theoretical approaches, the book draws on extensive primary and secondary sources in Chinese and Japanese to paint a remarkably detailed picture of the distant past. Bret Hinsch's introductory chapters orient the nonspecialist to early imperial Chinese society; subsequent chapters discuss women's roles from the multiple perspectives of kinship, wealth and work, law, government, learning, ritual, and cosmology. An enhanced array of line drawings, a Chinese-character glossary, and extensive notes and bibliography enhance the author's discussion. Historians and students of gender and early China alike will find this book an invaluable overview.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-231) and index.

The context : early imperial China -- Kinship -- Wealth and work -- Law -- Government -- Learning -- Ritual -- Cosmology.

Recognized as the leading work in the field, this introductory survey offers the first sustained history of women in the early imperial era. Now in a revised edition that incorporates the latest scholarship and theoretical approaches, the book draws on extensive primary and secondary sources in Chinese and Japanese to paint a remarkably detailed picture of the distant past. Bret Hinsch's introductory chapters orient the nonspecialist to early imperial Chinese society; subsequent chapters discuss women's roles from the multiple perspectives of kinship, wealth and work, law, government, learning, ritual, and cosmology. An enhanced array of line drawings, a Chinese-character glossary, and extensive notes and bibliography enhance the author's discussion. Historians and students of gender and early China alike will find this book an invaluable overview.

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After two decades of nominally reformed Marxism, Chinese and Western scholars have built up a critical mass of scholarship that cries out for a new synthesis. Hinsch (National Chung Cheng Univ., Taiwan) cites and summarizes the main critiques of the Engelsian-Marxist thesis that women ruled pre-state cultures everywhere. He summarizes the historical background from the Zhou dynasty (11th century BCE) through the Qin and Han universal states (from third century BCE to early third century CE) as context for women's evolving status. Arguing that gender is not the sole determinant of a woman's status, Hinsch shows that even poor male farmers and their textile manufacturing wives were economically interdependent and often in love. Political or social status or wealth from market activity by a woman's father, husband, or son--particularly if he predeceased his female relative--might overcome her female "disabilities." Hinsch further categorizes explanations of women's status as either patrilineal or pragmatic. Confucians' patrilineal justifications had to often compromise pragmatically with an ancient world that still yielded some status and real, though limited, power to certain women. Hinsch's lucid framework and thorough bibliography make this the first place to send students writing term papers on Chinese women's history. All academic levels and collections. E. H. Kaplan emeritus, Western Washington University

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