Rules of the house [electronic resource] : family law and domestic disputes in colonial Korea / Sungyun Lim
- Lim, Sungyun, 1977-
- Oakland, California : University of California Press, 
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource
- Restrictions on Access:
- Open Access Unrestricted online access
- Widows on the margins of the family -- Widowed household-heads and the new boundary of the family -- Arguing for daughters? : inheritance rights -- Conjugal love and conjugal family on trial -- Consolidating the household across the 1945-divide.
- "Rules of the House offers a dynamic revisionist account of the Japanese colonial rule of Korea (1910-1945) through the lens of women in the civil courts. Challenging the dominant understanding that women were victimized by the Japanese family laws (i.e., the Meiji Civil Code) and its patriarchal biases, Sungyun Lim argues that Korean women were not passive victims, but instead proactively struggled to expand their rights by aggressively participating in the Japanese colonial legal system. This would in turn from advantageous under the Japanese motto of promoting progress and civilization. Following women and their civil disputes from the pre-colonial Choson dynasty, through the colonial times, and into the postcolonial reforms, this book presents a new and groundbreaking story about Korean women's legal struggles, revealing their surprising collaborative relationship with the colonial state. Lim thus expands the understanding of the Japanese assimilation policy in Korea, substantially revising the conventional focus on the Japanese assault on Korean ethnic identity. In so doing, she bridges the long-held fissure between historiography of the former metropole of Japan from the former colonies, and places colonial family laws in the larger context of legal reconfiguration of the Japanese empire"--Provided by publisher.
- 9780520302525 (pbk. : alk. paper), 0520302524, and 9780520972506 (ebook)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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