Marcia Yonemoto

in The Problem of Women in Early Modern Japan

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2016 | ISBN: 9780520292000
Published online May 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780520965584 | DOI:

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The chapter looks at the unexpected diversity of women’s roles in determining succession to heirship and preserving family lineages over time. Contrary to common assumptions, the inability to produce an heir biologically by no means condemned a lineage to extinction, or a woman to divorce, due in great part to the prevalence of adoption of heirs. The chapter examines the normative discourse on succession, analyzes statistics on heir adoption, and studies family succession strategies as narrated in the diaries, letters, and memoirs of Inoue Tsūjo, Kuroda Tosako, and Itō Maki.

Keywords: women; succession; heirship; adoption; lineage; family; muko yōshi; Inoue Tsūjo; Kuroda Tosako; Itō Maki

Chapter.  12076 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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