Getting Married in Korea Of Gender, Morality and Modernity

ISBN-10: 0520202007
ISBN-13: 9780520202009
Edition: N/A
Authors: Laurel Kendall
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Book details

List price: $31.95
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 5/31/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 269
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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.

Preface
Why Study Weddings? A Confessional Introduction
A Wedding in Righteous Town
A Rite of Modernization and Its Postmodern Discontents
Transformations: The Construction of Courtship in Twentieth-Century Korea
Requesting Marriage
Ceremonious Goods
Betrothal Gifts and "Bothersome Custom"
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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