February 21, 2007
Review for February 14
The late imperial Chinese family (jia) was a social, economic, and religious institution for all
and ideological and religious institution
Patrilineal, ancestor worship, duty to carry on line, filial piety, patriline defines
who counts as family
Patrilocal. Parents and sons lives together, wife (wives) moves in, perceived by
neighbors and law as a unit.
Seniors decide on careers of children and on resource deployment (but with input)
Father or manger controls economy
All work for whole family, as directly by senior man and woman
Patriarchy means subservience of junior males as well as of daughters and junior
So Chinese family was a social, economic, and religious institution for all
That very fact is part of what made LIC formation so stable
Self-respect possible based on solid family life even without great wealth
Relation to “Great Learning”
Review for February 16
The family was a social institution, not simply a co-residential group or a biological grouping
over which there was no control.
Cohabitation, property, ritual all played a role in defining the jia
There were jia members who lived outside the house most or part of the time
And people living inside the house who were not jia members
If one still contributed to the common property, had a share in it, and participated
in family worship, one was a member of the jia
the membership of the jia changed
a jia moved through phases in which it was an extended, nuclear, or stem family
it composition was manipulated according to needs for property, labor, ritual,
emotional support, friendship, alliances with other families, ect.
Ways in which people moved in and out of the family included birth, infanticide,
adoption, marriage of various kinds, divorce and purchase or selling.