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The Melodrama of Mobility: Women, Talk, and Class in Contemporary South Korea

The Melodrama of Mobility: Women, Talk, and Class in Contemporary South Korea Book Reviews The Melodrama of Mobili( 1•: l,V omen, Talk, and Class in Contem­ porary South Korea by Nancy Abel mann. Honolulu; University of Hawai 'i Pr ess, 2003. xviii, 325 pp. $2 7.00 (pap er) There are many books in the fie ld of development studies about Korea. Gen­ eralized statements aboun d, supported by any number of statistics, wh ich document the startling social and economic changes that have occun-ed in the Republic of Korea (South Korea). And much has been made of structural changes in Korean society in the aggregate. We know about the enonnous rural exodus to the cities, the rise of a large laboring sector and new middle class and the massive expansion of education , not to mention the wholesale transformation of material life in Sou th Korea. Yet qualitative issues about what these changes mean in terms of dai ly lif e-of how people plan their lives, how material prosperity has changed self -conceptions of class and so­ cial identity, what values from the past persi st in fam ily mobility strategies, etc.- have yet to be appreciated. This work begins at le ast to address these issues and provokes us to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Korean Studies Duke University Press

The Melodrama of Mobility: Women, Talk, and Class in Contemporary South Korea

Journal of Korean Studies , Volume 9 (1) – Sep 1, 2004

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Copyright © 2004 by the Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
ISSN
0731-1613
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2158-1665
DOI
10.1353/jks.2004.0000
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Book Reviews The Melodrama of Mobili( 1•: l,V omen, Talk, and Class in Contem­ porary South Korea by Nancy Abel mann. Honolulu; University of Hawai 'i Pr ess, 2003. xviii, 325 pp. $2 7.00 (pap er) There are many books in the fie ld of development studies about Korea. Gen­ eralized statements aboun d, supported by any number of statistics, wh ich document the startling social and economic changes that have occun-ed in the Republic of Korea (South Korea). And much has been made of structural changes in Korean society in the aggregate. We know about the enonnous rural exodus to the cities, the rise of a large laboring sector and new middle class and the massive expansion of education , not to mention the wholesale transformation of material life in Sou th Korea. Yet qualitative issues about what these changes mean in terms of dai ly lif e-of how people plan their lives, how material prosperity has changed self -conceptions of class and so­ cial identity, what values from the past persi st in fam ily mobility strategies, etc.- have yet to be appreciated. This work begins at le ast to address these issues and provokes us to

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Journal of Korean StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Sep 1, 2004

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