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- DescriptionUnder the Ancestors' Eyes presents a new approach to Korean social history by focusing on the origin and development of the indigeus descent group. Martina Deuchler maintains that the surprising continuity of the descent-group model gave the ruling elite cohesion and stability and enabled it to retain power from the early Silla (fifth century) to the late nineteenth century. This argument, underpinned by a fresh interpretation of the late-fourteenth-century Koryŏ-Chosŏn transition, illuminates the role of Neo-Confucianism as an ideological and political device through which the elite regained and maintained dominance during the Chosŏn period. Neo-Confucianism as espoused in Korea did t level the social hierarchy but instead tended to sustain the status system. In the late Chosŏn, it also provided ritual models for the lineage-building with which local elites sustained their preeminence vis-a-vis an intrusive state. Though Neo-Confucianism has often been blamed for the rigidity of late Chosŏn society, it was actually the enduring native kinship ideology that preserved the strict social-status system. By utilizing historical and social anthropological methodology and analyzing a wealth of diverse materials, Deuchler highlights Korea's distinctive elevation of the social over the political.
- Author(s)Martina Deuchler
- PublisherHarvard University, Asia Center
- Date of Publication24/11/2015
- SubjectRegional History
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University, Asia Center
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight1293 g
- Width173 mm
- Height257 mm
- Spine43 mm
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