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Korean Anthropology

Anthology of Korean Studies 3

Korean Anthropology
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  • Item/ISBN: 9781565911758
  • Year: 2002
  • Cover: Hardcover
  • Pages: 657
  • Language: English
  • Class: Book

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Korean anthropology holds a unique position in the field of anthropology, having first... more
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Korean anthropology holds a unique position in the field of anthropology, having first developed with native scholars studying native culture under the prevalent influence of cultural and social anthropology, rather than with the past western practice of studying the Other. Since the 1980s, several attempts have been made to examine Korean culture from different points of view, such as political economy and area studies. This trend is visible in the articles contributed to the Korea Journal over the past forty years. While the early articles focus mainly on Korean shamanism and folklore, the emphasis shifts in the latter half to more diverse subjects such as Koreans abroad and changes in Korean communities under the social, economic, and political influences of the modern times.

This volume, Korean Anthropology: Contemporary Korean Culture in Flux, presents 30 original articles carefully selected from the Korea Journal covering all aspects of Korean culture seen through the distinct viewpoints of anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists, geographers, architects, folklorists, and psychiatrists. The articles, chosen under the guidance of Professor Han Kyung-Koo, are arranged along five major themes.

Articles in Part I discuss different ways of understanding Korean culture including traditional conceptualization and utilization of nature and living space, and representations abroad. Part II looks at the changes and continuities in Korean communities and beliefs under the social and political influences of modern Korea, ranging from Saemaeul Movement, religious conflicts, and marriage customs. Part III focuses on Korean women in ""patriarchal"" Korean society and the male-female relationship in contemporary Korea. Among featured subjects are women on Jeju-do island, female workers in multinational corporations, and family relations. Shamanistic rituals and fortunetelling, the main theme of Part IV, are still prevalent in Korea alongside modern medicine and cutting-edge technology despite the conflicts and confusion brought on by the rapid industrialization and westernization of Korean society. While some traditions have been discarded, other have been retained in a diff! erent or compromised form, This brings us to the final Part V which explores how various social relationships are formed and maintained within modern Korean society: men and women continue to rely on kinship and social ties to survive in a highly competitive and centralized society.

Intended to be an introductory yet comprehensive collection of readings on Korean culture, we hope this volume will stimulate further debates and discussions on Korean culture and society. "


Table of Contents


I. How to Understand Korean Culture

· Lim, Jae-Hae. Tradition in Korean Society: Continuity and Change

· Sasse, Werner. Teaching Korean Culture through Korean Studies: Creating Myths to Live by

· Choi, Hyup. Representing Korean Culture in America: A Case Study of the Korean Ethnological Collections at the Smithsonian Institution

· Choi, Chang-jo. Study of How Koreans View and Utilize Nature

· Shin, Young-Hoon. Living Space in the Traditional Korean House


II. Changing Tradition

· Kirn, Kwnag-Ok. The Communal Ideology and Its Reality

· Kirn, Song-Chul. Kinship in Contemporary Korea

· Oh, Myung-Seok. Peasant Culture and Modernization in Korea: Cultural Implications of Saemaul Movement in the 1970s

· Moon, Okpyo. Ancestors Becoming Children of God: Ritual Clashes between Confucian Tradition and Christianity in Contemporary Korea

· Cho, Myung-Rae. Flexible Sociality and the Postmodernity of Seoul

· Kendall, Laurel. A Noisy and Bothersome New Custom': Delivering a Gift Box to a Korean Bride


III. The World of Women

· Yoon, Soon Young. Occupation, Male Housekeeper: Male-Female Roles on Cheju Island

· Park, Boojin. The Utilization of Residential Space and Family Relations: The Case of the Korean Rural Farnily

· Yi, Eunhee Kirn. 'Horne is a Place to Rest': Constructing the Meaning of Work' Family, and Gender in the Korean Middle Class

· Kim, Hyun Mee. Gender/Sexuality System as a Labor Control Mechanisrn: Gender ldentity of Korean Female Workers at a US. Multinational Corporation

· Kim, Eun-Shil. Wornan and the Culture Surrounding Childbirth

· Sarah, Chunghee Soh. Compartmentalized Gender Schema: A Model of Changing Male-Female Relations in Korean Society


IV. Magic, Science and Religion in Modern Korea

· Laurel, Kendall. Caught Between Ancestors and Spirits: Field Report of a Korean Mansin's Healing Kut

· Canda, Edward R. Korean Shamanic Initiation as Therapeutic Transformation: A Transcultural View

· Rhi, Bou-Yong. Psychological Aspects of Korean Shamanism

· Kim, Kwang-Iel. Shamanist Healing Ceremonies in Korea

· Yoon, Soon Young. Magic, Science and Religion on Cheju Island

· Rhie, Sang-lt. Dramatic Aspects of Shamanistic Rituals

· Janelli, Dawnhee Yim. The Strategies of a Korean Fortuneteller

· Kim, Jin-Pil. Fortunetelling Goes Modern


V. Too Modern Too Soon?

· Yee, Jaeyeol. The Social Networks of Koreans

· Na, Eun-Yeong. Changes in Values and the Generation Gap Between the 1970s and the 1990s in Korea

· Han, Kyung-Koo. The Politics of Network and Social Trust

· Lee, Jaehyuck. Society in a Vortex?

· Dredge, C. Faul. Srnoking in Korea

· Kim, Yong-Hak and Son Jaesok. Trust, Cooperation and Social Risk: A Cross-Cultural Comparison


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