Drowning Girls in China: Female Infanticide in China since 1650

Drowning Girls in China: Female Infanticide in China since 1650

by D. E. Mungello, D. Mungello
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0742555313

ISBN-13: 9780742555310

Pub. Date: 06/27/2008

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

This groundbreaking book offers the first full analysis of the long-neglected and controversial subject of female infanticide in China. Although infanticide and child abandonment were worldwide phenomena from antiquity down to the nineteenth century when massive numbers of children were still being abandoned in Europe, China was unique in targeting girls almost

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This groundbreaking book offers the first full analysis of the long-neglected and controversial subject of female infanticide in China. Although infanticide and child abandonment were worldwide phenomena from antiquity down to the nineteenth century when massive numbers of children were still being abandoned in Europe, China was unique in targeting girls almost exclusively. Yet despite its persistence for two thousand years, little has been published on a practice that is deeply sensitive within China and little understood by outsiders. Drawing on little-known Chinese documents and illustrations, noted historian D. E. Mungello describes the causes and continuation of female infanticide since 1650 despite efforts by Confucian moralists, Buddhist teachings, government officials, and even imperial edicts to stop the practice. The arrival of Christian missionaries led to foreign involvement as well, with Catholic priests baptizing abandoned and dying infants in Nanjing and Beijing beginning in the early 1600s. Mission efforts peaked in the nineteenth century when the European-based Society of the Holy Childhood urged Catholic children to contribute their pennies to help neglected children in China. 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. Presenting female infanticide as a human rather than a distinctly Chinese problem, he estimates the tragic loss of girls in the millions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742555310
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/27/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
186
Sales rank:
809,420
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Female Infanticide
Chapter 2: Female Infanticide in Nineteenth-Century China
Chapter 3: Official and Literati Efforts to Combat Infanticide
Chapter 4: Infanticide Deniers
Chapter 5: The European Cult of Chinese Children
Chapter 6: Christian Mission Efforts to Aid Foundlings
Chapter 7: Female Infanticide in Modern China
Conclusion

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