The white-clad people: The white hanbok and Korean nationalism

Lee, Y. 2022. The white-clad people: The white hanbok and Korean nationalism. Cultural Dynamics. 34 (4), pp. 271-296. https://doi.org/10.1177/09213740221117811

TitleThe white-clad people: The white hanbok and Korean nationalism
TypeJournal article
AuthorsLee, Y.
Abstract

The paper diachronically examines the white hanbok as the material and symbolic site of interaction between the hegemonising and the hegemonised in Korea. It traces the changing status of the white hanbok from the end of the 19th century to the present— from being part of unconscious material culture, to the synecdoche of the colonised nation, to the symbol of resistance, to the membrane of a ‘homogeneous nation’, to the symbol of democracy. It analyses the white hanbok as a paradoxical skin—at once in- clusive and exclusive—of Korean ethnonationalism, as well as a permeable membrane between the self and other of national identity. By exploring the white hanbok in relation to the ongoing movement towards a decolonised democratic nation, the paper reveals the entwined relations between material objects, practices, and nationalism in Korea.

Keywordshanbok
white-clad people
nationalism
colonisation
Orientalism
skin
veil
JournalCultural Dynamics
Journal citation34 (4), pp. 271-296
ISSN0921-3740
1461-7048
Year2022
PublisherSage
Publisher's version
License
CC BY 4.0
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/09213740221117811
Web address (URL)https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/09213740221117811
Publication dates
Published online04 Aug 2022
Published in printNov 2022

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