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Empowerment of Korean women from a postmodern Practical Theological perspective

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Author(s): Eun Ok Jeong | Yolanda Dreyer

Journal: Hervormde Teologiese Studies
ISSN 0259-9422

Volume: 59;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 1239;
Date: 2009;
Original page

ABSTRACT
The aim of the article is to discuss the situation of Korean women from political, social, cultural and religious perspectives in a postmodern context. Postmodernity implies a denial of the “absolute”, including “absolute power” of men over women. Heideggerian thinking rejects the modernistic privileged status of the Cartesian subject. In this article postmodern anti-foundational, anti-totalizing, and demystifying cate-gories are used to critique patriarchy in Korean society and literature in order to analyze social movements and cultural-religious values in Korea. It discusses a representation of sexual difference and values by means of feminist literary criticism. The article consists of a reflection on the relationship between theory and praxis in feminist Practical Theology, Korean women’s experience, the epistemology of post-modernity, and the empowerment of Korean women.
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