Why Study Weddings? A Confessional Introduction

Laurel Kendall

in Getting Married in Korea

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 1996 | ISBN: 9780520201989
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916784 | DOI:
Why Study Weddings? A Confessional Introduction

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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

Chapter.  9752 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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