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The Politics and Culture of Divorce and Marriage in Urban China, 1954–1966

in Revolutionizing the Family

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780520217201
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520922389 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520217201.003.0005
The Politics and Culture of Divorce and Marriage in Urban China, 1954–1966

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This chapter examines the political and cultural aspects of marriage and divorce in urban China during the period from 1954 to 1966. It analyzes intraparty reports, memoirs, and investigations which reveal that many urbanites ignored or avoided the state's attempt to regiment and organize private life by aggressively seeking divorce and marriage without reference to the state's understanding of political good and evil. It investigates the extent to which motivations for marriage and divorce were shaped by political considerations and describes how marriage and family disputes were handled by state institutions.

Keywords: marriage; divorce; urban China; private life; family disputes; political considerations; state institutions

Chapter.  23509 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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