Social Power and Legal Culture: Litigation Masters in Late Imperial China

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“A fascinating account. . . . [Macauley] has put forth sophisticated arguments which will guide the next round of archival discoveries in Chinese legal and social history.”—Eighteenth-Century Studies
“Macauley’s book will be important reading for those who want to understand both the stereotypes and the realities of legal culture of imperial China. It is wonderfully rich in archival material, and its treatment of case materials constitutes document reading at its very best.”—American Historical Review
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Overview


“A fascinating account. . . . [Macauley] has put forth sophisticated arguments which will guide the next round of archival discoveries in Chinese legal and social history.”—Eighteenth-Century Studies
“Macauley’s book will be important reading for those who want to understand both the stereotypes and the realities of legal culture of imperial China. It is wonderfully rich in archival material, and its treatment of case materials constitutes document reading at its very best.”—American Historical Review
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"A fascinating account. . . . [Macauley] has put forth sophisticated arguments which will guide the next round of archival discoveries in Chinese legal and social history."—Eighteenth-Century Studies

"Macauley's book will be important reading for those who want to understand both the stereotypes and the realities of legal culture of imperial China. It is wonderfully rich in archival material, and its treatment of case materials constitutes document reading at its very best."—American Historical Review

"This work pushes the reader to move beyond interpretive clichés to consider new ways of looking at Qing law, legal institutions, and judicial administration, and Macauley has broadened the methodological and interpretive approaches to all three."—China Review International

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804731355
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Series: Law, Society, and Culture in China Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 436
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Melissa Macauley is Assistant Professor of History at Northwestern University.
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Table of Contents

Chronology of Chinese Dynasties and Qing Reigns
Introduction: Legal Culture and Historical Change 1
1 The Evolution of a Crime and Its Punishments 18
2 Statecraft Legalism and Administrative Despair 59
3 Mechanics of Litigation Mastery: Who, Where, How 100
4 A Clientele Empowered 146
5 The Disputation of the Body Snatchers: Judicial Depravity and Legal Culture 195
6 Entrepreneurs of Power: Land, Lineage, and Litigation Mastery on the Southeast Coast 228
7 Trickster Tales: Cunning Power and the Invocation of an Alternative Male Ideal 279
Conclusion: "Lawyer" Bashing and Litigation Loathing 325
App Ruminations on Statistics for Litigation Rates in the Eighteenth Century 340
Notes 345
References 379
Character List 399
Index 403
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