[KS] Jisoo M. Kim's The Emotions of Justice (2016)

Cheehyung Harrison Kim cheehyungkim at gmail.com
Fri Nov 27 11:22:38 EST 2015

Dear KS Colleagues,

A book announcement. Jisoo M. Kim at GWU has just published a fascinating
book on Korea's legal history, through the University of Washington Press.

*The Emotions of Justice: Gender, Status, and Legal Performance in Choson
Korea *(January 2016).


The Choson state (1392-1910) is typically portrayed as a rigid society
because of its hereditary status system, slavery, and Confucian gender
norms. However, *The Emotions of Justice* reveals a surprisingly complex
picture of a judicial system that operated in a contradictory fashion by
discriminating against subjects while simultaneously minimizing such
discrimination. Jisoo Kim contends that the state's recognition of *won*,
or the sense of being wronged, permitted subjects of different genders or
statuses to interact in the legal realm and in doing so illuminates the
intersection of law, emotions, and gender in premodern Korea.

Cheehyung Harrison Kim
Department of History
University of Missouri
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