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Wedding Behavior and Family Strategies in Chengdu

Deborah Davis and Stevan Harrell

in Chinese Families in the Post-Mao Era

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 1993 | ISBN: 9780520077973
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520913578 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520077973.003.0008
Wedding Behavior and Family Strategies in Chengdu

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Marriage decisions are central to any discussion of family strategies. Normally, marriage is a central step in the age-old Chinese effort to continue the family line. It should also be obvious that not just any marriage will do. Which individuals' sons or daughters marry may have important consequences for the future prospects not only of those sons and daughters, but also of the larger families in which they grew up. Which partners are chosen and how the wedding is celebrated may affect the social status and links to useful patrons and allies of those involved. Whether particular marriages result in an expansion of an existing family or the setting up of an independent household may influence the opportunities Chinese have to succeed in the world that confronts them. For these and other reasons, it is obvious that marriage is a central focus of family strategic thinking.

Keywords: marriage; family; strategic thinking; sons; daughters; wedding; household; Chinese

Chapter.  12068 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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