Book Talk: Gender and Class in Contemporary Korea

Colloquium | October 30 | 4-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Room 180

 Laura C. Nelson, University of California, Berkeley

 Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Gender and Class in Contemporary Korea brings together a variety of recent studies utilizing transnational and intersectional analyses to understand the current configurations of social relations in South Korea. Topics include gender, work and labor; the production of gender through social transitions from youth to adulthood, and new motherhood; and the complexities of gender and class in an increasingly multiethnic environment. The contributors to this volume frame local phenomena in a global context while maintaining the complexity of simultaneous and dynamic changes in local social relations. By identifying current formulations of gender and class, they also show how legacies of the past continue into the present.

Laura Nelson is Associate Professor and Chair of Gender and Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley, and Chair of the Center for Korean Studies. Trained as an anthropologist and city planner, she has been conducting research in South Korea for nearly three decades. Along with Hae Yeon Choo (University of Toronto) and John Lie (Berkeley), Laura convened the workshop that formed the basis of this collection, and was a co-editor of the volume., 510-642-5674