The Impact of Gender Bias on Social Stability and Violence in China and India

Gender Bias in the Past and Future of Asia

  1. Quinn Doyle Javers (History, Stanford University)
    “Violence, Social Stability and Gender in Late Qing Sichuan”
  2. Andrea den Boer (International Relations, University of Kent)
    “Gender Inequality, Violence, and Social Instability in China and India”
  3. Mary K. Shenk (Anthropology, University of Missouri)
    “How Much Gold Will You Put on Your Daughter? Indian Weddings as Costly Signals, and the Implications for Dowry Policy”


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. 


More details to come.

Friday, May 06, 2011 | 9:00 am — 12:00 pm
Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation