Food, Gender, and Family Network in Modern Korean Society
Keywords:food, gender, anthropology, Korea
This paper discusses the relationship between food and womenâ€™s identity in Korea focusing upon kimchi making and its distribution through family network. Through this, the paper shows how food making and sharing can be sources of womenâ€™s power as well as hard work. Giving kimchi to family members and relatives can be a source of satisfaction for many Korean women because as feeders in families, they fulfill their maternal responsibility and confirm their maternal identity. In a more general framework, this paper illustrates how food can make, break, reinforce, or weaken social relationships, especially in the context of family and kinship. Anthropological fieldwork and qualitative analysis have been the primary research method of gathering and processing the research data.
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