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Confucianism and the family
Slote, Walter H.
Publication Information:
Albany, N.Y. : State University of New York Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
xiv, 391 pages ; 24 cm.
Confucius and Confucianism / Wei-Ming Tu -- Psychocultural dynamics within the Confucian family / Walter H. Slote -- Confucianism in comparative context / Francis L.K. Hsu -- The Korean adoption of neo-Confucianism: the social context / John Duncan -- The Confucian incursion into Vietnam / Nguyen Ngoc Huy -- A Japanese legacy of Confucian thought / George A. De Vos -- Probing the "three bonds" and "five relationships" in Confucian humanism / Wei-Ming Tu -- The orthodox Chinese Confucian social paradigm versus Vietnamese individualism / Stephen B. Young -- Psychocultural features of ancestor worship in modern Korean society / Dawnhee Yim -- Male dominance and mother power: the two sides of Confucian patriarchy in Korea / Haejoang Cho -- Confucian gender role and personal fulfillment for Japanese women / Takie Sugiyama Lebra -- Confucianism and the Chinese family in Singapore: continuities and changes / Eddie C. Kuo -- Confucian tradition in the contemporary Korean family / Kwang Kyu Lee -- Filial piety in Taiwanese popular thought / David K. Jordan -- Mental illness in its Confucian context / Bou-Yong Rhi -- Destiny and determination: psychocultural reinforcement in Vietnam / Walter H. Slote -- Confucian family socialization: the religion, morality, and aesthetics of propriety / George A. De Vos.

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An interdisciplinary exploration of the Confucian family in East Asia which includes historical, psychocultural, and gender studies perspectives.

Author Notes

Walter H. Slote is Senior Research Associate in the East Asian Institute of Columbia University, where he is also Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Sociology. George A. De Vos is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of several books, including most recently, Social Cohesion and Alienation: Minorities in the United States and Japan and coeditor (with Lola Romanucci-Ross) of Ethnic Identity.

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Walter H. Slote is Senior Research Associate in the East Asian Institute of Columbia University, where he is also Adjunct Professor of Anthropology and Sociology; he has edited The Psycho-Cultural Dynamics of the Confucian Family: Past and Present (1986). George A. De Vos (emeritus, anthropology, University of California, Berkeley) has authored Social Cohesion and Alienation: Minorities in the United States and Japan (CH, Mar'93) and he has co-edited (with Lola Romanucci-Ross) Ethnic Identity (1995). Together, Slote and De Vos have collected and edited seventeen essays on the nature of the Confucian family in China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, and Singapore. Issues from multiple disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, religion, philosophy, history, psychoanalysis, and psychiatry, are examined. Recurring topics in the book include the following: filial piety, the "five relationships," role expectations, ancestor worship, mother power, industrialization, and modernization. This work, which emphasizes the psychocultural aspects of the Confucian family, provides the first sustained focus on that area. The style is readable and interesting. Notes and/or references are cited throughout; a brief account of contributors and a subject index conclude the text. Recommended for general readers and all levels in academia. D. A. Haney; Marywood University

Table of Contents

Wei-Ming TuWalter H. SloteFrancis L. K. HsuJohn DuncanNguyen Ngoc HuyGeorge A. De VosWei-Ming TuStephen B. YoungDawnhee YimHaejoang ChoTakie Sugiyama LebraEddie C. KuoKwang Kyu LeeDavid K. JordanBou-Yong RhiWalter H. SloteGeorge A. De Vos
Prefacep. vii
I. Introduction
1. Confucius and Confucianismp. 3
2. Psychocultural Dynamics within the Confucian Familyp. 37
3. Confucianism in Comparative Contextp. 53
II. Historical Dimensions
4. The Korean Adoption of Neo-Confucianism: The Social Contextp. 75
5. The Confucian Incursion into Vietnamp. 91
6. A Japanese Legacy of Confucian Thoughtp. 105
III. Hierarchy and Gender
7. Probing the "Three Bonds" and "Five Relationships" in Confucian Humanismp. 121
8. The Orthodox Chinese Confucian Social Paradigm versus Vietnamese Individualismp. 137
9. Psychocultural Features of Ancestor Worship in Modern Korean Societyp. 163
10. Male Dominance and Mother Power: The Two Sides of Confucian Patriarchy in Koreap. 187
11. Confucian Gender Role and Personal Fulfillment for Japanese Womenp. 209
IV. Contemporary Exigencies
12. Confuciansim and the Chinese Family in Singapore: Continuities and Changesp. 231
13. Confucian Tradition in the Contemporary Korean Familyp. 249
V. Psychocultural Continuities
14. Filial Piety in Taiwanese Popular Thoughtp. 267
15. Mental Illness in Its Confucian Contextp. 285
16. Destiny and Determination: Psychocultural Reinforcement in Vietnamp. 311
17. Confucian Family Socialization: The Religion, Morality, and Aesthetics of Proprietyp. 329
Contributorsp. 381
Subject Indexp. 387
Author Index and Mentioned Termsp. 391