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Korean Adoption and Inheritance: Case Studies in the Creation of a Classic Confucian Society

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The cases in Korean adoption and inheritance reveal steps in the transition called Confucianization that took place mostly in the seventeenth century. The transition from partible inheritance, equally divided between sons and daughters, to primogeniture; the attempt to use soja as heirs; the movement toward agnatic adoption as the way to provide an heir when there were no children, or when there were only daughters born into the household are all covered in numerous cases from the official history, from government records, and from private documents. | 284 pages


  • Introduction: An Archetypical Case

Section 1  

  • Chapter 1. Laws and Customs  
  • Chapter 2. The PUan Kim Cases  
  • Chapter 3. Loss of Inheritance for Daughters

Section 2 Problematic Alternatives  

  • Chapter 4. Multiple Marriage
  • Chapter 5. Soja  
  • Chapter 6. Efforts to Recognize Soja

Section 3 Adoption  

  • Chapter 7. Early Patterns: The Involvement of Daughters and Wives  
  • Chapter 8. Early Patterns: Rivalry between Sons  
  • Chapter 9. Agnatic Adoption
  • Conclusions


  • Mark Peterson received his B.A. in Asian Studies and Anthropology from Brigham Young University in 1971. He received his M.A. in 1973 and his Ph.D. in 1987, both from Harvard University in the field of East Asian Languages and Civilization. Prior to coming to BYU in 1984 he was the director of the Fulbright program in Korea from 1978 to 1983. He also served as the President of the Korea Pusan Mission from 1987 to 1990. He has been the coordinator of the Asian Studies Program and was the director of the undergraduate programs in the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies. He is currently the head of the Korean section of the department. Dr. Peterson is a member of the Association for Asian Studies, where he was formerly the chair of the Korean Studies Committee; was also the book review editor for the Journal of Asian Studies for Korean Studies books. He is also a member of the Royal Asiatic Society, the International Association for Korean Language Education, the International Korean Literature Association, and the American Association of Korean Teachers.

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