ORA Thesis: "Contested childhoods: law and social deviance in wartime China, 1937-1945" - uuid:ac4d436e-63a4-42ce-b2df-f3edb1c556f3



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Reference: Lily Chang, (2011). Contested childhoods: law and social deviance in wartime China, 1937-1945. DPhil. University of Oxford.

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Title: Contested childhoods: law and social deviance in wartime China, 1937-1945

Abstract: “Contested Childhoods” links together three major areas of historical inquiry: war and criminality, law and social change, and the law as it relates to children, in the first half of twentieth-century China. The founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1949 has eclipsed the historical significance of Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist Government and the importance of its role during the wartime period. This study examines how the outbreak of China’s War of Resistance against Japan (1937-1945) served as a crucial catalyst to the construction of ideas of criminality and its relation to children during the wartime period. It examines the different measures by which Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist Government (1928-1949) attempted to handle the rise in levels of criminality involving juveniles. The study analyses how an increase in criminality during the wartime period challenged how ideas on and about children and childhood were in understood within Chinese society. Moreover, it argues that wartime conditions served as a crucial catalyst prompted the construction of a new judicial and legal framework that was aimed at delineating the boundaries between childhood and adulthood during this period.

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Type of Award:DPhil
Level of Award:Doctoral
Awarding Institution: University of Oxford
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About The Authors
institutionUniversity of Oxford
facultyHumanities Division - History Faculty
oxfordCollegeSt Cross College
fundingLeverhulme Trust's funded China's War with Japan Programme
Prof Rana Mitter More by this contributor
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Issue Date: 2011
Copyright Date: 2012
Urn: uuid:ac4d436e-63a4-42ce-b2df-f3edb1c556f3
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Copyright Holder: Lily Chang
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