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Between Birth and Death: Female Infanticide in Nineteenth-Century China

Michelle T. King


This book breaks down the naturalized and eternal relationship between female infanticide and Chinese culture and reconstructs that association as a product of historical processes of the nineteenth century. It takes as its explicit focus the changing perception of female infanticide in Chinese history, rather than its practice. Without diminishing the seriousness of the problem of excess female mortality in either the Chinese present or past, this book seeks to disrupt the familiar, shopworn narrative about the continuity of female victimhood in China from the premodern era to the present, an ... More

Keywords: infanticide, China, female infanticide, gender, discrimination, death, reproduction, morality books

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780804785983
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804785983.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michelle T. King, author