Gender Bias and the Traffic in Brides in China and India

Sawyer Seminar Series

All events are free and open to the public.

This three-quarter-long seminar series is a John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The series examines factors contributing to, and implications of, the male-biased population sex ratio in contemporary China, contemporary India, and late imperial China. The significance of this topic is difficult to over-estimate. There are an estimated 60-100 million “missing” girls and women in Asia, and the Chinese government expects 50 million “surplus” men by 2050. Sex-selective abortions, which contribute significantly to this bias, are widely used in China, India, and even parts of the US with large Asian immigrant communities, including Santa Clara County, California.SPEAKERS:

Matthew Sommer (Stanford University)
“The Social and Economic Logic of Wife Selling in Qing Dynasty China”

Patricia  Jeffrey (University of Edinburgh)
“Daughter Aversion, Dowry and Demographic Change”

Melissa Brown (Stanford University)
“Marriage Costs, Brideprice Fraud, and Social Capital: Chinese Men’s Problems in Finding a Wife”

Sharada Srinivasan (York University)
“Dowry, Daughter Elimination and Gender Transformation”

Respondents and open discussion (2-4 pm)

- Janice Stockard (Stanford University)
- Anjali Arondekar (UC Santa Cruz)
- Rochona Majumdar (University of Chicago)
- Arthur Wolf (Stanford University)

Friday, January 28, 2011 | 9:00 am — 4:00 pm
Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center.

Stanford Humanities Center
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation