ISBN-10:
0674031075
ISBN-13:
9780674031074
Pub. Date:
12/15/2008
Publisher:
Harvard
Deliverance and Submission: Evangelical Women and the Negotiation of Patriarchy in South Korea

Deliverance and Submission: Evangelical Women and the Negotiation of Patriarchy in South Korea

by Kelly H. ChongKelly H. Chong

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Overview

South Korea is home to one of the most vibrant evangelical Protestant communities in the world. This book investigates the meanings of—and the reasons behind—an intriguing aspect of contemporary South Korean evangelicalism: the intense involvement of middle-class women. Drawing upon extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Seoul that explores the relevance of gender and women’s experiences to Korean evangelicalism, Kelly H. Chong not only helps provide a clearer picture of the evangelical movement’s success in South Korea, but interrogates the global question of contemporary women’s attraction to religious traditionalisms.

In highlighting the growing disjunction between the forces of social transformation that are rapidly liberalizing modern Korean society, and a social system that continues to uphold key patriarchal structures on both societal and familial levels, Chong relates women’s religious involvement to the contradictions of South Korea’s recent socio-cultural changes and complex engagement with modernity. By focusing on the ways in which women’s religious participation constitutes—both spiritually and institutionally—an important part of their effort to negotiate the problems and dilemmas of contemporary family and gender relations, this book explores the contradictory significance of evangelical beliefs and practices for women, which simultaneously opens up possibilities for gender negotiation/resistance, and for women’s redomestication.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674031074
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 12/15/2008
Series: Harvard East Asian Monographs , #309
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kelly H. Chong is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Kansas.

Table of Contents

List of Tables Note to the Reader Introduction
1. Entering the Field: Protestant Evangelicalism in Korea
2. Women's Conversion and the Contradictions of Contemporary Gender and Family Relations
3. Search for Release, Search for Healing: Deliverance through Spiritual Practice
4. Negotiating Women's Space: Community, Autonomy, and Empowerment
5. Bargaining with Patriarchy: The Politics of Submission and Gender
6. Women's Redomestication and the Question of Consent Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index

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