Requesting Marriage

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:
Requesting Marriage

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This chapter focuses on the experiences of women in requesting for marriage in Korea, relating the story of the author's sister Sukcha, Mrs. Ch'oe, and orphan bride Mrs. Sŏ. These stories suggest how a common vocabulary of matrimonial procedures mask profound differences in the circumstances of those who marry. They also reveal women as enmeshed in the pragmatics of making marriage, not only as skillful matchmakers, but as mothers who set the process in motion and who effect the complex exchanges of proper weddings. The chapter furthermore discusses the matchmaking process and the role of the professional marriage bureau.

Keywords: marriage; women; Korea; matrimonial procedures; matchmakers; weddings; marriage bureau

Chapter.  14348 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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