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This groundbreaking book offers the first full analysis of the long-neglected and controversial subject of female infanticide in China. Drawing on little-known Chinese documents and illustrations, noted historian D. E. Mungello describes the causes of female infanticide and its persistence for two thousand years despite efforts by Confucian moralists, Buddhist teachings, government officials, imperial edicts, and Christian missionaries to stop the practice. However, most of the infant victims were drowned at birth in the privacy of their homes, thereby escaping the scrutiny of the law and the public. Mungello brings this secretive practice to light with a nuanced and balanced analysis of the cultural, economic, and social causes of early infanticide and its contemporary manifestation in sex-selected abortion as a result of the government's one-child policy.

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ISBN:
9780742555310
Author:
Mungello, David E.
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Author:
Mungello, D.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Infanticide
Subject:
Demography
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
Infanticide - China - History
Subject:
Sociology - General
Publication Date:
20080631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
186
Dimensions:
8.90x6.13x.54 in. .64 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This groundbreaking book offers the first full analysis of the long-neglected and controversial subject of female infanticide in China. Drawing on little-known Chinese documents and illustrations, noted historian D. E. Mungello describes the causes of female infanticide and its persistence for two thousand years despite efforts by Confucian moralists, Buddhist teachings, government officials, imperial edicts, and Christian missionaries to stop the practice. However, most of the infant victims were drowned at birth in the privacy of their homes, thereby escaping the scrutiny of the law and the public. Mungello brings this secretive practice to light with a nuanced and balanced analysis of the cultural, economic, and social causes of early infanticide and its contemporary manifestation in sex-selected abortion as a result of the government's one-child policy.
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