Bare branches and social stability: A historical perspective from China?

  title={Bare branches and social stability: A historical perspective from China?},
  author={Q. Jiang and Jes{\'u}s J. S{\'a}nchez-Barricarte},
  journal={Frontiers of History in China},
Abstract“Bare branches,” the name given to unmarried men in China, have historically posed a great threat to social stability in that country. Based on historical records and literature, the findings in this study reveal that female infanticide, coupled with the practice of polygyny, meant that during the Ming and Qing dynasties and the Republican Era, up to twenty percent of males remained single. As a result, underclass bare branches turned to less socially accepted marriage practices. And if… Expand
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