From the publisher’s website:
Korean families have changed significantly during the last few decades in their composition, structure, attitudes, and function. Delayed and forgone marriage, fertility decline, and rising divorce rates are just a few examples of changes that Korean families have experienced at a rapid pace, more dramatic than in many other contemporary societies. Moreover, the increase of marriages between Korean men and foreign women has further diversified Korean families. Yet traditional norms and attitudes toward gender and family continue to shape Korean men and women’s family behaviors.
Korean Families Yesterday and Today portrays diverse aspects of the contemporary Korean families and, by explicitly or implicitly situating contemporary families within a comparative historical perspective, reveal how the past of Korean families evolved into their current shapes. While the study of families can be approached in many different angles, our lens focuses on families with children or young adults who are about to forge family through marriage and other means. This focus reflects that delayed marriage and declined fertility are two sweeping demographic trends in Korea, affecting family formation. Moreover, “intensive” parenting has characterized Korean young parents and therefore, examining change and persistence in parenting provides important clues for family change in Korea.
This volume should be of interest not only to readers who are interested in Korea but also to those who want to understand broad family changes in East Asia in comparative perspective.
LKL adds – the volume contains the following articles
Hyunjoon Park and Hyeyoung Woo: Introduction
Paul Y. Chang: The Evolution of the Korean Family
Eunsil Oh: The Strength of Information
Hyejeong Jo: Reshaping Educational Strategies
Soo-gong Byun, Yifan Bai, and Hee Jin Chung: Consequences of Educational Assortative Mating for Children’s Academic Achievement in South Korea
Hyeyoung Woo, Sojung Lim, Sun Young Jeon, and Wonjeong Jeong: Does Marriage Matter for Children?
Hyunjoon Park and Heewon Jang: Does Grandparents’ Education Matter for Grandchildren’s Education in South Korea?
Haram Jeon: Living Arrangements and Obesity among Korean College Students
Yean-Ju Lee, Kitae Park, and Ivan Sanidad: Educational Background, Gender-Role Attitudes, and Parenting Time for Young Children
Byung Soo Lee: Gender Roles of Married Women in Korean Immigrant Families in the United States
Jihye Oh, Jae Kyung Lee, and Hyeyoung Woo: Who Gets Married? Parent’s Household Income, Individual’s Education, and Entry into Marriage in South Korea
Soo-Yeon Yoon: Integrating Men’s Gender Roles and Fertility Attitudes into the Study of Low Fertility in South Korea
Bonnie Tilland: Kwinong lavich’on kwihyang (Back to the Land) Discourse of Young South Korean Families