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Getting Married in Korea – Of Gender, Morality, and Modernity - California Scholarship Online
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Getting Married in Korea: Of Gender, Morality, and Modernity

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 issues—identity, romantic love, women's work, marriage negotiations, and wedding ceremonies—this book gives us a new appreciation for how Koreans have adapted this pivotal social practice to the astounding changes of the past century. Its author attended her first Korean wedding in 1970, soon after she arrived in the country with the Peace Corps. Years later, as a seasoned ... More

Keywords: Korea, Korean culture, courtship, marriage, gender, class, identity, romantic love, women's work, marriage negotiation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780520201989
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520201989.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laurel Kendall, author