Women, Family, and Lineage in Traditional China

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WOMEN, FAMILY, AND LINEAGE IN TRADITIONAL CHINA A_ KINSHIP TERMS AND RELATIONSHIPS 1_ Three Principles: Age, Gender, Generation 2_ Linguistic Complexity of Kinship a_ Everyday language b_ "Five Relations" and principles governing them: (1) father-child: affection ( qin i ) (2) ruler-subject: rightness ( yi i ) (3) husband-wife: separate roles ( bie i ) (4) older-younger: proper order ( xu i ) (5) friend-friend: faithfulness ( xin i ) B_ EXTENDED FAMILY AND LINEAGE ( ZU i ) 1_ Family status: The building block of society
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2_ Family size: Ideal (five generations under one roof) Actuality 3_ Family types: Simple and extended 4_ Lineage a_ Patrilineal and patriarchal (patriarch was zuzhang i "clan head") b_ Lineage origins and the ancestral trust/estate c_ Lineage property: commercial (farm land, etc.) and ceremonial (ancestral hall) C_ WOMEN’S ROLE AND STATUS 1_ The “Three Obeyings” ( san-cong ) i (Tam Tòng) a_ Father before marriage b_ Husband after marriage c_ Sons in old age (widowhood)
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