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Getting Married in KoreaOf Gender, Morality, and Modernity$
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Laurel Kendall

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780520201989

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520201989.001.0001

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Why Study Weddings? A Confessional Introduction

Why Study Weddings? A Confessional Introduction

(p.1) 1 Why Study Weddings? A Confessional Introduction
Getting Married in Korea

Laurel Kendall

University of California Press

This chapter explains the author's motivation for conducting an ethnographic study of Korean weddings, relating her experience in attending a Korean wedding in 1970 that was the total opposite of the romantic image of the Korean past. This motivated her to investigate the changes in Korean wedding customs and rituals, including the selection of partners and wedding ceremonies. This book aims to show how changes in the performance of wedding rites, and perceptions and discourses about their performance, have been set in play in the shifting social milieu of recent and contemporary Korea.

Keywords:   Korean weddings, ethnographic study, wedding customs, wedding rituals, wedding ceremonies

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