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Adoption in Han China

de Crespigny, Rafe; Brown, Miranda

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We investigate surviving legal statutes regarding inheritance and descriptions of adoption from the Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE), asking to what extent there was consensus among the literate elite about the rules for adoption. We argue that, in contrast to later periods, there is little evidence for the existence of any single set of classical prescriptions. Instead, the Han ruling elite had at their disposal a variety of legitimate strategies for deciding whether to and how to incorporate...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorde Crespigny, Rafe
dc.contributor.authorBrown, Miranda
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:22:37Z
dc.date.created2009
dc.identifier.issn0022-4995
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/20318
dc.description.abstractWe investigate surviving legal statutes regarding inheritance and descriptions of adoption from the Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE), asking to what extent there was consensus among the literate elite about the rules for adoption. We argue that, in contrast to later periods, there is little evidence for the existence of any single set of classical prescriptions. Instead, the Han ruling elite had at their disposal a variety of legitimate strategies for deciding whether to and how to incorporate outsiders into the household. Such strategies involved different parties, contrasting principles, and diverging rationales.
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherBrill Academic Publishers
dc.sourceJournal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient
dc.subjectAdoption; Consensus; Elites; Inheritance and Succession Aadoption; Adoption; Han; Social rules
dc.titleAdoption in Han China
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume52
local.identifier.absfor210302 - Asian History
local.identifier.ariespublicationu3332311xPUB12
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationde Crespigny, Rafe, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationBrown, Miranda, University of Michigan
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage229
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage266
local.identifier.doi10.1163/156852009X434346
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T09:53:03Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-70449426635
local.identifier.thomsonID000266950800002
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