Getting Married in Korea: Of Gender, Morality, and Modernity / Edition 1

Getting Married in Korea: Of Gender, Morality, and Modernity / Edition 1

by Laurel Kendall
     
 


This work explores what it means to be modern and what it means to be Korean in a culture where courtship and marriage are often the crucible in which notions of gender and class are cast and recast. Touching on a number of important issues—identity, romantic love, women’s work, marriage negotiations, and wedding ceremonies—Laurel Kendall gives us… See more details below

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This work explores what it means to be modern and what it means to be Korean in a culture where courtship and marriage are often the crucible in which notions of gender and class are cast and recast. Touching on a number of important issues—identity, romantic love, women’s work, marriage negotiations, and wedding ceremonies—Laurel Kendall gives us a new appreciation for how Koreans have adapted this pivotal social practice to the astounding changes of the past century.

Kendall attended her first Korean wedding in 1970, soon after she arrived in the country with the Peace Corps. Years later, as a seasoned anthropologist, she began interviewing both working-class and middle-class couples, matchmakers, purveyors of dowry goods, and proprietors of wedding halls. She consulted etiquette handbooks and women’s magazines and analyzed cartoons, photographs, and weddings themselves. The result is an engaging account of how marriage matches are made, how families proceed through the rites, how they finance ceremonies and elaborate exchanges of ritual goods, and how these practices are integral to the construction of adult identities and notions of ideal women and men. The book is also a reflection on what it means to write “Korea” in a complex and ever changing social milieu.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520202009
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/31/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
269
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Why Study Weddings? A Confessional Introduction1
2A Wedding in Righteous Town27
3A Rite of Modernization and Its Postmodern Discontents52
4Transformations: The Construction of Courtship in Twentieth-Century Korea85
5Requesting Marriage120
6Ceremonious Goods155
7Betrothal Gifts and "Bothersome Custom"191
Conclusion221
Bibliography231
Index249

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