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Introduction

Theodore Jun Yoo

in The Politics of Gender in Colonial Korea

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780520252882
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520934153 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252882.003.0001
Introduction

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This book seeks to employ new methodologies by analyzing how Korean women from different socioeconomic backgrounds experienced the tumultuous period of Japanese colonialism. In particular, it seeks to examine the formation of new gendered subjectivities in the three interlocking domains of education, labor, and health. By examining women as “a contested ideological category,” one can decode how the state, industrialists, doctors, teachers, journalists, and contemporary writers in colonial Korea constructed particular representations, which were often filled with tensions and contradictions. By exploring the “new terrain of the social,” this chapter notes that integrating Korean women's experiences during the colonial period into mainstream history can shed light on how competing identities were constructed in relation to power.

Keywords: Korean women; Japanese colonialism; colonial Korea; gendered subjectivities; education; labor; health

Chapter.  4725 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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