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A Genealogy of DissentThe Progeny of Fallen Royals in Chosŏn Korea$
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Eugene Y. Park

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781503602083

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503602083.001.0001

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The Court and Society, 1589–1724

The Court and Society, 1589–1724

(p.80) Chapter 3 The Court and Society, 1589–1724
A Genealogy of Dissent

Eugene Y. Park

Stanford University Press

Covering the mid-Chosŏn period, chapter 3 analyzes the segmentation of the Kaesŏng Wang as a descent group. While successive members of a third new line of ritual heirs, the Majŏn lineage, performed their duties at the Sungŭijŏn, the Wangs as a whole became geographically dispersed and even more socially diverse. Descent from an early Chosŏn scholar-official without any illegitimate children in the intervening generations became the unquestioned marker of one’s aristocratic status. Among various Wang descent lines, the Kaesŏng lineage began eclipsing the Kwach’ŏn lineage in terms of examination success and office holding.

Keywords:   Chosŏn, Imjin War, Manchu invasions, factionalism, Kaesŏng, ritual heir, lineage, descent, kinship, shrine

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