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Product Details

  • Paperback: 269 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (May 31, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520202007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520202009
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,662,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laurel Kendall is Curator of Asian Ethnographic Collections at the American Museum of Natural History. Her previous books include Shamans, Housewives, and Other Restless Spirits: Women in Korean Ritual Life (1985) and The Life and Hard Times of a Korean Shaman: Of Tales and the Telling of Tales (1988).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book for anyone who wants to learn more about Korean culture in general or is looking for info spacifically on weddings. It is easy to read and understand the concepts. Despite being packed with information, the book does not overwhelm.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
An at times funny read of the intersection of two cultures. One is the modern consumerist culture, that has taken firm hold in South Korea since the 1980s. The other is a traditional Confucian morality steeped in centuries of lore.
Kendall studies this through the ingenious choice of marriages. Here, the Confucian traditions often appear in the form of arranged marriages. Yet she shows how young couples persistently try to sidestep this format.
Along the way, a non-Korean reader is also rewarded by many insights into Korean society. Things that an outsider who does not speak the language would simply miss.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 2001
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this book is not for someone who would be interested into a systematic and quick introduction to Korean wedding customs.
The elements presented are of the case study type, showing the evolutions over time of a Korean family sampled for a PhD thesis. interesting for another scholarly work, it isn't so much for someone interested in understanding Korean marriage customs. Bits and pieces can be collected and summarised by oneself. This book is about "sociology", not "culture" per se.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vickie Burns on June 27, 2012
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Just as a previous reviewer commented: The most boring book of an interesting class. This required reading with antropology as its main focus, seemed to creep along. I could not keep it up. As a required reading, I had to get through it, but it was not an easy task. Ordinarily I can find something redeeming in almost all books, but this just wasn't my cup of tea.

The 1980s forward became western style marriages in wedding houses like a cheap Vegas ritual. In, out and quickly leave. That was truly sad. I hoped the old eastern traditions were still in place.

Other sections of the book went through details of wedding rituals done before 1980, using example weddings the author observed, while doing a dissertation project.

I did not enjoy this book.
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6 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Joyce on June 8, 2001
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Getting Married in Korea was one of the 3 books my Cultural Antro professor mandated us to read. The book is excruciatingly boring. Unlike his other reading assignments, I couldnt see myself pass the first chapter (or even the first page!). Fortunately, I finished the book in a month. (woohooo). The content was in detail and the book with only few graphics. i thought it could have been better if the author stuck more pictures in their to at least entertain the reader while reading!
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