ISBN13:978-0674160897 ISBN10: 0674160894 This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-0674160880 ISBN10: 0674160886
Summary: Legislation to change Korean society along Confucian lines began at the founding of the ChosOn dynasty in 1392 and had apparently achieved its purpose by the mid seventeenth century. Until this important new study however the nature of KoryO society the stresses induced by the new legislation and society's resistance to the Neo-Confucian changes imposed by the ChosOn elite have remained largely unexplored. To explain which aspects of life in KoryO came under attack and why Martina De
uchler draws on social anthropology to examine ancestor worship mourning inheritance marriage the position of women and the formation of descent groups. To examine how Neo-Confucian ideology could become an effective instrument for altering basic aspects of KoryO life she traces shifts in political and social power as well as the cumulative effect of changes over time. What emerges is a subtle analysis of ChosOn Korean social and ideological history.
Summary: Legislation to change Korean society along Confucian lines began at the founding of the ChosOn dynasty in 1392 and had apparently achieved its purpose by the mid seventeenth century. Until this important new study however the nature of KoryO society the stresses induced by the new legislation and society's resistance to the Neo-Confucian changes imposed by the ChosOn elite have remained largely unexplored. To explain which aspects of life in KoryO came under attack and why Martina Deuchler draws on social anthropology to examine ancestor worship mourning inheritance marriage the position of women and the formation of descent groups. To examine how Neo-Confucian ideology could become an effective instrument for altering basic aspects of KoryO life she traces shifts in political and social power as well as the cumulative effect of changes over time. What emerges is a subtle analysis of ChosOn Korean social and ideological history. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:92 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Harvard University Press Published: 12/01/1995 International: No
Martina Deuchler's latest contribution to our gradually growing historical literature on traditional Korea is a richly detailed and cogently argued treatment of the relationship between intellectual and social change from the Koryo (936-1392) through the mid-Choson (1392-1910) dynasties. It is a complex and multi-layered study that is amenable to interpretation in a number of ways...[A] magnificent scholarly achievement.
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS INTRODUCTION: SOCIETY AND IDEOLOGY The Contours of Korean Society in Late ChosOn The Transmission of Confucianism to Korea The Early Formation of Korean Neo-Confucianism Neo-Confucianism as an Ideology of Change
THE PRE-CONFUCIAN PAST: A RECONSTRUCTION OF KORYN SOCIETY Kinship and Descent Succession and Inheritance Marriage in KoryO: Sociopolitical Aspects Marriage in KoryO: Institutional Aspects Mourning and Funerary Rites Conclusions: KoryO Society Reconsidered
NEO-CONFUCIANISM: THE IDEOLOGICAL FOUNDATION OF SOCIAL LEGISLATION IN EARLY CHOSNN The Rise of New Dynastic Forces The Intellectual Formation of the New Elite The Disintegration of KoryO Society and the Buddhist Question In Search of a New Societal Model The Reorganization of Society The Neo-Confucians' Research Sources and Institutions The Relevance of Ancient Models Assimilation and Conflict Elitism and Ideology
AGNATION AND ANCESTOR WORSHIP The Neo-Confucian View of Society The Introduction of Ancestor Worship The First Contours of a Lineal Concept Lineal Succession and Ancestor Worship Ancestor Worship and Secondary Sons Ancestor Worship and Women Non-Agnatic Succession Genealogies as Descent Group Charts Ancestral Rites: Economic Aspects Ancestral Rites: Institutional Aspects Ritual Literature Ancestral Kites: Religious Aspects Toward Implementing Ritual Primogeniture
MOURNING AND FUNERARY RITES Prelude to Revised Mourning The Transformation of the Mourning Grades Ritual Aspects Funerary Rituals and Geomancy INHERITANCE The State and Private Property The Agnatic Principle and Inheritance Wills and Regulations Affecting Inheritance Inheritance and Women From Ritual to Economic Primogeniture
CONFUCIAN LEGISLATION: THE CONSEQUENCES FOR WOMEN The Institutionalizing of Primary and Secondary Wives Marriage Rules and Strategies The Confucian-Style Wedding Ceremony The Royal Wedding Ceremony The Korean Wedding Ceremony Training and Indoctrination of Women Life in the Husband's Household The Married Woman's Legal and Ritual Functions Secondary Wives and Their Sons The Dissolution of the Conjugal Bond Widowhood and Remarriage The Confucians' Immutable Image of Women
CONCLUSIONS: THE EMERGENCE OF A LINEAGE SOCIETY NOTES SELECT
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