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Culture and the State in Late Chosŏn Korea

Culture and the State in Late Chosŏn Korea

Edited by JaHyun Kim Haboush and Martina Deuchler

ISBN 9780674007741

Publication date: 02/01/2002

Investigating the late sixteenth through the nineteenth century, this work looks at the shifting boundaries between the Choson state and the adherents of Confucianism, Buddhism, Christianity, and popular religions. Seeking to define the meaning and constitutive elements of the hegemonic group and a particular marginalized community in this Confucian state, the contributors argue that the power of each group and the space it occupied were determined by a dynamic interaction of ideology, governmental policies, and the group's self-perceptions.

Collectively, the volume counters the static view of the Korean Confucian state, elucidates its relationship to the wider Confucian community and religious groups, and suggests new views of the complex way in which each negotiated and adjusted its ideology and practices in response to the state's activities.


  • JaHyun Kim Haboush is Professor of East Asian History and Culture at the University of Illinois.
  • Martina Deuchler is Professor Emerita of Korean Studies in the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

Book Details

  • 328 pages
  • 6 x 9 inches
  • Harvard University Asia Center