Confucian Transformation of Korea A Study of Society and Ideology

ISBN-10: 0674160894

ISBN-13: 9780674160897

Edition: 1992

Authors: Martina Deuchler

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Legislation to change Korean society along Confucian lines began at the founding of the Chosn dynasty in 1392 and had apparently achieved its purpose by the mid seventeenth century. Until this important new study, however, the nature of Kory society, the stresses induced by the new legislation, and society's resistance to the Neo-Confucian changes imposed by the Chosn elite have remained largely unexplored. To explain which aspects of life in Kory came under attack and why, Martina Deuchler draws on social anthropology to examine ancestor worship, mourning, inheritance, marriage, the position of women, and the formation of descent groups. To examine how Neo-Confucian ideology could become an effective instrument for altering basic aspects of Kory life, she traces shifts in political and social power as well as the cumulative effect of changes over time. What emerges is a subtle analysis of Chosn Korean social and ideological history.
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Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Harvard University, Asia Center
Publication date: 6/1/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 454
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Martina Deuchler is Professor Emerita of Korean Studies in the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

Introduction: Society and Ideology
The Contours of Korean Society in Late Chos On
The Transmission of Confucianism to Korea
The Early Formation of Korean Neo-Confucianism
Neo-Confucianism as an Ideology of Change
The Pre-Confucian Past: A Reconstruction of Koryn Society
Kinship and Descent
Succession and Inheritance
Marriage in KoryO: Sociopolitical Aspects
Marriage in KoryO: Institutional Aspects
Mourning and Funerary Rites
Conclusions: KoryO Society Reconsidered
Neo-Confucianism: The Ideological Foundation of Social Legislation in Early Chosnn
The Rise of New Dynastic Forces
The Intellectual Formation of the New Elite
The Disintegration of KoryO Society and the Buddhist Question
In Search of a New Societal Model
The Reorganization of Society
The Neo-Confucians' Research Sources and Institutions
The Relevance of Ancient Models Assimilation and Conflict
Elitism and Ideology
Agnation and Ancestor Worship
The Neo-Confucian View of Society
The Introduction of Ancestor Worship
The First Contours of a Lineal Concept
Lineal Succession and Ancestor Worship
Ancestor Worship and Secondary Sons
Ancestor Worship and Women
Non-Agnatic Succession
Genealogies as Descent Group Charts
Ancestral Rites: Economic Aspects
Ancestral Rites: Institutional Aspects
Ritual Literature
Ancestral Kites: Religious Aspects
Toward Implementing Ritual Primogeniture
Mourning and Funerary Rites
Prelude to Revised Mourning
The Transformation of the Mourning Grades
Ritual Aspects
Funerary Rituals and Geomancy
The State and Private Property
The Agnatic Principle and Inheritance
Wills and Regulations Affecting Inheritance
Inheritance and Women
From Ritual to Economic Primogeniture
Confucian Legislation: The Consequences for Women
The Institutionalizing of Primary and Secondary Wives
Marriage Rules and Strategies
The Confucian-Style Wedding Ceremony
The Royal Wedding Ceremony
The Korean Wedding Ceremony
Training and Indoctrination of Women
Life in the Husband's Household
The Married Woman's Legal and Ritual Functions
Secondary Wives and Their Sons
The Dissolution of the Conjugal Bond
Widowhood and Remarriage
The Confucians' Immutable Image of Women
Conclusions: The Emergence of A Lineage Society
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