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:

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This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the impact of the Marriage Law on the Chinese family. The result reveals the role of the state in changing family relations and shows that even traditional women could, and often did, change their situation without the state's helping hand. The findings also indicate that there is little incompatibility between an understanding of sexual inequality as the natural order of things and a willingness to take an active role in changing one's family situation.

Keywords: Marriage law; Chinese family; family relations; sexual inequality; family situation

Chapter.  7369 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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