[KS] 'Invented' 'Traditions'
hoffmann at fas.harvard.edu
Tue Feb 11 16:26:09 EST 2003
>Incidentally, reacting to Frank's comment that nothing similar to
>the H&R definition of 'invented traditions' comes to mind in respect
>to Korean Confucianism, I would recommend some of the research by
>Kim Kwangok (particularly: 'Socio-cultural Implications of the
>Recent Invention of Tradition in Korea', published in Papers of the
>British Association for Korean Studies 1: 7-27).
Just read the section about "Confucian circles" and yurim twice. I do
not see a single convincing argument why this is headed "The
Invention of Tradition" rather than, maybe, "The Revival or
Appropriation of Confucian Traditions." Not that I think there are
no invented Confucian traditions -- I just don't see how this would
be an example. As Kim writes himself: "Confucian activities are
supported by the government, and the yurim in turn support the
government. In this regard, the revival of tradition in Confucian
circles is viewed in the context of their support for the
establishment." (p. 16)
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