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Author Kuo, Margaret, 1971-

Title Intolerable cruelty : marriage, law, and society in early twentieth-century China / Margaret Kuo
Published Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, [2012]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 237 pages) : illustrations
Contents List of tables -- Illustrations -- Acknowledgments -- Law and the state -- Introduction -- GMD legal exceptionalism : conceptual underpinnings of the republican civil code -- The rise of public opinion : the case of GMD surname legislation -- The process of civil adjudication : marital justice and the republican civil court system -- Law and society -- Spousal abuse : divorce litigation and the emergence of rights consciousness -- Running away : cohabitation litigation and the reconfiguration of husband patriarchy -- Bourgeois affairs : separation and support litigation and injury to reputation -- Natural eunuchs : husband impotence annulment litigation and legal opportunism -- Conclusion -- References -- Glossary -- Index -- About the author
Summary Intolerable Cruelty thoughtfully explores key issues in modern Chinese history, including state-society relations, social transformation, and gender relations in the context of the Republican Chinese experiment with liberal modernity. Investigating both the codification process and the subsequent implementation of the Republican Civil Code of 1929-1930, Margaret Kuo reconsiders the dominant narratives of the 1930s and 1940s as "dark years" for Chinese women. Instead, she convincingly recasts the history of these years from the perspective of women who actively and successfully engaged the law
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Marriage law -- China -- History -- 20th century.
Marriage -- China -- History -- 20th century.
China -- Social life and customs -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1442218428 (electronic bk.)
9781442218420 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(cloth ; alk. paper)