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Family size control by infanticide in the great agrarian societies of Asia

Caldwell, John; Caldwell, Bruce


There is now sufficient historical demographic analysis of India, Japan and China to show that infanticide has traditionally been employed to shape families. The driving force has often been the need to preserve family property from division by inheritance or dispersal by the payment of high dowries, although, especially in China, current subsistence problems have also been important. The practice has often been more frequent among the rich than the poor and may have increased as economic...[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Comparative Family Studies


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