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Transformations: The Construction of Courtship in Twentieth-Century Korea

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520201989.003.0004
Transformations: The Construction of Courtship in Twentieth-Century Korea

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This chapter examines the changes in courtship practices in Korea in the twentieth century, exploring the means and circumstance through which Koreans have redefined the process of getting married. It traces the evolution of the feminine ideal based on analysis of women's magazines, which the author considered an influential source of discourses about weddings. The chapter also discusses “beautiful bride” and “beloved wife,” emergent notions constructed through and around courtship practices in an emergent political economy.

Keywords: courtship; Korea; feminine ideal; weddings; women's magazines; beautiful bride; beloved wife; political economy

Chapter.  14617 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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