[KS] New book: Kendall, ed., Under Construction

Joel Bradshaw bradshaw at hawaii.edu
Fri Sep 28 17:51:06 EDT 2001

Laurel Kendall's edited collection entitled Under Construction has now
from UH Press. The following information is for the paperback edition. A cloth
edition is also available.

 TITLE: Under Construction: The Gendering of Modernity, Class, and Consumption
in the Republic of Korea
 EDITOR: Kendall, Laurel
 DESCRIPTION: Since the late 1960s, the lives of south Koreans have been
reconstructed on the shifting ground of urbanization, industrialization,
military authoritarianism, democratic reform, and social liberalization. Class
and gender identities have been modified in relation to a changing modernity
new definitions of home and family, work and leisure, husband and wife.<p>
<i>Under Construction</i> provides an illuminating portrait of south Koreans
the 1990s--a decade that saw a return to civilian rule, a loosening of
censorship and social control, and the emergence of a full-blown consumer
culture. It shows how these changes impacted the lives of Korean men and women
and the very definition of what it means to be "male" and "female" in Korea.
a series of provocative essays written by Korean and Western scholars, we see
how Korean women and men actively engage, and at times openly contest, the
limitations of gender.<p>
<I>Under Construction</I> is part of a decisive turn in the anthropology of
gender--from its early quest for the causes of female subordination to a
tuned analysis of the historical, cultural, and class-based specificities of
gender relations and the tension between gender as an ideological construct
as a lived experience. Firmly grounded in the political and economic history
south Korea, this long-awaited volume fills an important gap in Korean studies
and East Asia gender studies in English.<p>
<b>Contributors:</b> Nancy Abelmann, Cho Haejoang, Roger L. Janelli, Laurel
Kendall, June Lee, So-Hee Lee, Seungsook Moon, Dawnhee Yim.
 SUBJECT: Asia; Korea; anthropology; history; sociology; gender
 AUTHORBIO: <b>Laurel Kendall</b> is curator in charge of Asian Ethnographic
Collections at the American Museum of Natural History.
 PUBDATE: Sep 2001
 PAGES: 216
 BINDING: paper
 ISBN: 0-8248-2488-1
Joel Bradshaw <bradshaw at hawaii.edu>
Journals & Web Manager, University of Hawai'i Press
2840 Kolowalu Street, Honolulu, HI 96822
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