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Investigating the late sixteenth through the nineteenth century, this work looks at the shifting boundaries between the Choson state and the adherents of Confucianism, Buddhism, Christianity, and popular religions. Seeking to define the meaning and constitutive elements of the hegemonic group and a particular marginalized community in this Confucian state, the contributors argue that the power of each group and the space it occupied were determined by a dynamic interaction of ideology, governmental policies, and the group's self-perceptions.
Collectively, the volume counters the static view of the Korean Confucian state, elucidates its relationship to the wider Confucian community and religious groups, and suggests new views of the complex way in which each negotiated and adjusted its ideology and practices in response to the state's activities.
JaHyun Kim Haboush and Martina Deuchier
Private Academies and the State in Late Chosŏn Korea
Constructing the Center: The Ritual Controversy and the Search for a New Identity in Seventeenth-Century Korea
JaHyun Kim Haboush
Despoilers of the Way—Insulters of the Sages: Controversies over the Classics in Seventeenth-Century Korea
Buddhism Under Confucian Domination: The Synthetic Vision of Sŏsan Hyujŏng
Robert E. Buswell, Jr.
Popular Religion in a Confucianized Society
A Different Thread: Orthodoxy, Heterodoxy, and Catholicism in a Confucian World