A Rite of Modernization and Its Postmodern Discontents

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:
A Rite of Modernization and Its Postmodern Discontents

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This chapter explores the links among ritual, morality, national identity, and bureaucratic jurisdiction through an examination of the form and content of old rite and new-style wedding in Korea. It illustrates how the new-style Korean wedding called sinsik came to represent a modern institution of matrimony, and why this seemingly Western ritual has been criticized in an era marked by rising national pride and anti-American sentiment. The chapter explains that the old rite wedding was discarded in favor of the wedding hall because it was a lengthy ceremony and difficult to follow.

Keywords: old rite wedding; new-style wedding; Korea; ritual; morality; national identity; sinsik; matrimony; national pride; anti-American sentiment

Chapter.  12940 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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