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by Denise Potrzeba Lett

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Author: Denise Potrzeba Lett
ISBN: 0674007816
ISBN13: 978-0674007819
Language: English
Publisher: Harvard University Asia Center (March 30, 2002)
Pages: 270
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Denise Potrzeba Lett. South Korea is a very status-conscious society, and the assertion of status has become an important element in both the formation and the definition of its new urban middle class.

Denise Potrzeba Lett. My first real indications of this came in a personal way even before I left the United States for South Korea. Don’t even try to compete with the middle-class housewives in dress, a Korean colleague advised me, for they spend much from toe to head to adorn themselves Save.

The Harvard East Asian Monographs Series was initiated in 1956 and . In Pursuit of Status: The Making of South Korea’s New Urban Middle Class. Lett, Denise Potrzeba.

The Harvard East Asian Monographs Series was initiated in 1956 and now totals over 400 published titles. Palais theorizes in his important book on Korea that the remarkable longevity of the Yi dynasty (1392–1910) was related to the difficulties the country experienced in adapting to the modern world.

In Pursuit of Status book. In this ethnography of the everyday life of contemporary Korea, Denise Lett argues not only that South Korea's contemporary urban middle class exhibits upper-class characteristics but also that this reflects a culturally inherited disposition on the part of Koreans to seek high status, combined with a favorable political and economic climate that has made it possible for m In this ethnography. In this ethnography of the everyday life of contemporary Korea, Denise Lett argues that South Korea's contemporary urban middle class not only exhibits upper-class characteristics but also that this reflects a culturally inherited disposition of Koreans to seek high status.

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In Korea, new concept of Ubiquitous-City (U-City) draws a lot of attentions now. It is trying to fuse high-tech infrastructure and ubiquitous . Lett, . In pursuit of status: the making of South Korea’s ’new’ urban middle class. Harvard University Press, Cambridge (1998)Google Scholar. It is trying to fuse high-tech infrastructure and ubiquitous information service into the urban area. It is also thought to bring innovations of urban functions. At last, it is advancing to the ubiquitous society, intelligence-based society where humans, things, and computers are combined.

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The members of South Korea's middle class define themselves by the choices they make about occupation, family, lifestyle, education, and marriage.

In Pursuit of Status Denise Potrzeba Lett Harvard University Asia Center, 1998 . catalog. The members of South Korea's middle class define themselves by the choices they make about occupation, family, lifestyle, education, and marriage. Lett examines each of these to show how the middle class has adapted traditional ways of asserting status to modern life. is perhaps the best introduction to contemporary Korea's social stratification and urban life that has been published in English. American Ethnologist. Asian – Middle Eastern history – from c 1900

In this ethnography of the everyday life of contemporary Korea, Denise Lett argues that South Korea's contemporary urban middle class not only exhibits upper-class characteristics but also that this reflects a culturally inherited disposition of Koreans to seek high status. Lett shows that Koreans have adapted traditional ways of asserting high status to modern life, and analyzes strategies for claiming high status in terms of occupation, family, lifestyle, education, and marriage.

The Harvard-Hallym Series on Korean Studies, published by the Harvard Council on East Asian Studies, is supported by the Korean Institute of Harvard and Hallym University in Korea. The series is committed to the publication of outstanding new scholarly work on Korea, regardless of discipline, in both the humanities and the social sciences.

Comments to eBook In Pursuit of Status: The Making of South Korea’s “New” Urban Middle Class (Harvard East Asian Monographs)
Framokay
This is an academic work, and is mostly written as such, however it remains accessible to the casual reader and those with interest in ethnographic writings. For anyone with an interest in contemporary Korean city life and it's roots, this book is essential. The author, citing various other published sources as well as her own first hand field work explains many of the aspects of life that seem un-explainable to foreign residents of Korea. For example, how is it that middle class people manage to live in apartments valued at nearly 20 times the annual average household income without obtaining a mortgage? The book clearly explains this, as well as patterns of conspicuous consumption and their driving forces.

There are two South Koreas; the one that outsiders are intended to see, and the one that actually exists. Long term residents of Korea will be familiar with this concept. This book gives examples of Korean household dynamics of both single generation and multi-generational households, and sheds some light on Korea's educational fervor as well as the development of different areas of Seoul, including Gangnam where the author spent most of her time.

This book is a must for anyone with a serious interest in Korea, or even long-term residents of Korea who are curious about what goes on behind the closed doors of Korea's soviet style poured concrete apartments. That being said, this book may not be so popular among certain types of Korean readers who are sensitive to works that do not portray every aspect of Korea in a positive light, as it illustrates certain truths that may be unpleasant or difficult to accept (many middle class people live on borrowed or unearned money, housewives were/are treated as domestic servants, the conditions in Korean apartments were primitive by western standards all the way up to the 1980's, etc). It is after all, an ethnography, not a propagandist fluff piece designed to promote tourism.
Kearanny
Lett's study is solid though not impactful. It was an interesting read and the first work in English that looks at the rise of the urban middle class in Korea. I recommend it for those interested in modern Korea and the influence of economic development on cuture in Korea.
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