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The missing girls and women of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan; a sociological study of infanticide, forced prostitution, political imprisonment, "ghost brides," runaways, and thrownaways, 1900-2000s.

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The missing girls and women of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan; a sociological study of infanticide, forced prostitution, political imprisonment, "ghost brides," runaways, and thrownaways, 1900-2000s.

Huang, Hua-Lun.

McFarland & Co.

233 pages

$55.00

HV6762

In this comparative-historical sociological study, Huang (sociology, U. of Louisiana-Lafayette) offers a classification system and conceptual framework for understanding the social circumstances surrounding missing women and girls in Greater China over the past 100 years. In part 1, the author describes a classification system based on the connection between agency and structure, broken down into categories of forced and voluntary migration, involvement or noninvolvement with slave labor, and likely or unlikely reunification with family. Part 2 describes possible scenarios of those who have little or no chance of returning to mainstream society, such as political prisoners, slain female infants, lepers, and 'ghost brides' (women murdered so that families could bury a 'wife' with an unmarried dead son). Part 3 describes situations related to 'comfort women,' trafficked women and girls, and runaways/throwaways. The book includes b&w contemporary photos. It will be of interest to professionals and students in sociology, criminology, law enforcement, and gender studies. (A[c] Book News, Inc., Portland, OR)

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