[KS] Call for Papers Korean Families in Economic and Demographic Transitions: Parenting, Children's Education, and Social Mobility

Adrienne Janney pantheon at umich.edu
Fri Jul 29 12:37:50 EDT 2016

*Call for Papers *

*Korean Families in Economic and Demographic Transitions: Parenting,
Children's Education, and Social Mobility*

*Perspectives on Contemporary Korea Conference Series VI*

November 11-12, 2016 | University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI


       Hyunjoon Park (Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania)

       Nojin Kwak (Nam Center/Department of Communication Studies,
University of Michigan)

Sponsors: Nam Center for Korean Studies, University of Michigan

South Korean families with children have changed significantly during the
last few decades in composition, structure, and function. Major demographic
changes, including the rise of divorce, and increase of marriage between
Koreans and foreigners, have diversified Korean families. Moreover, the
recent trends of rising economic inequality and deteriorating job security
have posed serious challenges to many families, particularly at the lower
end of socioeconomic hierarchy. How do Korean parents and children cope
with the economic and demographic challenges? How do the economic and
demographic trends in Korea contribute to widening disparities in family
environments? When families struggle with economic strain and family
instability, how do extended family networks work to provide economic,
social, and emotional support to vulnerable family members? These questions
of how families fare at the crossroads of economic and demographic changes,
and whether families can rely on family ties in navigating the crossroads,
are particularly important in Korea that has traditionally weak public

However, families are not only *responding* to economic inequality but they
also *contribute* to economic inequality. For instance, the trend of rising
educational homogamy can mean that families are increasingly bifurcated
between families in which both spouses have a college degree and their
counterparts in which both spouses have no college education. As women’s
economic participation has increased, growing educational homogamy can
contribute to the increasing gap in economic resources between families at
the top and bottom of economic hierarchy.  Similarly, scholars and policy
makers have assessed the extent to which changing family structure accounts
for changing economic inequality among families.

This conference, “Korean Families in Economic and Demographic Transitions,”
the sixth in *Perspectives on Contemporary Korea* series, aims to bring
scholars together to discuss how recent economic and demographic changes
have affected parents and children in Korea, and at the same time how
changing family structure and arrangements have also contributed to recent
economic and social inequality. In particular, the conference invites
scholars with both quantitative and qualitative approaches to Korean
families. On the one hand, quantitative studies can offer trends and
patterns of changing Korean families. On the other hand, qualitative
research can explore subjective meanings, perceptions, and experiences of
inequality and family changes beneath macro trends and patterns. In
collaboration, these approaches offer the opportunity for better
understanding of changing Korean families and surrounding inequalities.

The following are some possible topics that can be include in the
conference, but any papers that fit the theme are welcome.

·         How do recent increasing job insecurity and rising economic
inequality affect Korean children’s education and well-being, particularly
by influencing parents’ investment and involvement in children’s education
and other activities?

·         How has Korean parents’ and children’s time use changed?

·         What are the most serious issues Korean families with children
deal with? How do those issues differ for affluent and poor families?

·         How have the notion and meaning of motherhood and fatherhood
changed in the context of changing economy and demography?

·         Is there an emerging pattern of the parent-child relationship
that is distinctive from the parent-child relationship in the past?

·         How do grandparents and other relatives matter for Korean parents
and children who face particularly serious challenges at the

·         What are the implications of recent trends in family behaviors
and structure for economic and social inequality at the next generation?

·         How are contemporary Korean families and inequality portrayed in
the media and films?

“Korean Families” is the sixth annual conference on contemporary Korea
sponsored by the Nam Center for Korean Studies at the University of
Michigan. Previous conferences in the series have examined the phenomenon
of Hallyu in the age of social media, transgressive practices in Korean
society, the politics of sports, cultural products of the Yushin era, and
new communication technologies in present-day Korea.

Travel grants to defray the costs of attendance may be available to
accepted participants, one per paper by application.

*Guidelines for Submission*

1.      Cover Page: The first page of submission should be the coverage
page that includes the following information of the authors (including
coauthors): name, affiliation, title, mailing address, and email. A
presenter, if accepted, of the paper should be marked clearly.

2.      Short Abstract: A short abstract (no more than 200 words) should be

3.      Extended Abstract: An extended abstract in 2-3 pages
(single-spaced, Times New Roman 12-point font, 1-inch margins) should be
substantial enough to present research questions clearly, explain their
significance, and outline data and methods to be used, in addition to
providing a brief literature review. If needed, tables and/or figures can
be included (they will not be counted toward the page limit). References do
not count in the 2-3 page limit.

4.      Single File: The submission should be combined as a single PDF file
that includes the cover page, short abstract, and extended abstract

5.      Submission and Deadline: Submissions should be submitted via online
form <https://umich.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0HaadGYYE0OYc8l> (
http://bit.ly/1t4jzdy) *Friday, August 19, 2016*.

6.      Questions: Questions may be directed to koreanfamilies at umich.edu.
Note that submissions will not be accepted at this address.

7.      Final Papers: *For accepted abstracts only*, complete papers will
be due to organizers by Friday, October 21, 2016. Papers presented at
“Korean Families” conference will be considered for inclusion in a
peer-reviewed, edited volume of the same title to be published by the
University of Michigan Press, as part of Perspectives on Contemporary Korea
series. Selected participants will be asked to submit final papers by
January 1, 2017.

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