Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-248) and index.
1. Why Study Weddings? A Confessional Introduction -- 2. A Wedding in Righteous Town -- 3. A Rite of Modernization and Its Postmodern Discontents -- 4. Transformations: The Construction of Courtship in Twentieth-Century Korea -- 5. Requesting Marriage -- 6. Ceremonious Goods -- 7. Betrothal Gifts and "Bothersome Custom."
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.
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