Beyond Death

Beyond Death The Politics of Suicide and Martyrdom in Korea Charles R. Kim ; Jungwon Kim ; Hwasook B. Nam ; Serk-Bae Suh

Suicide and martyrdom are closely intertwined with Korean social and political processes. In this first book-length study of the evolving ideals of honorable death and martyrdom from the Choson Dynasty (1392-1910) to contemporary South Korea, interdisciplinary essays explore the changing ways in which Korean historical agents have considered what constitutes a sociopolitically meaningful death and how the surviving community should remember such events. Among the topics covered are the implications of women's chaste suicides and men's righteous killings in the evolving Confucian-influenced social order of the latter half of the Choson Dynasty; changing nation-centered constructions of sacrifice and martyrdom put forth by influential intellectual figures in mid-twentieth-century South Korea, which were informed by the politics of postcolonial transition and Cold War ideology; and the decisive role of martyrdom in South Korea's interlinked democracy and labor movements, including Chun Tae-il's self-immolation in 1970, the loss of hundreds of lives during the Kwangju Uprising of 1980, and the escalation of protest suicides in the 1980s and early 1990s.
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Specificaties

ISBN
9780295745640
Uitgever
University of Washington Press
Druk
1e
Datum
26-04-2019
Taal
Engels
Bladzijden
376 pp.
Bindwijze
Paperback
Genre
Sociologie

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