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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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Modernity, Kinship, and Individuals, 1864–1910

Modernity, Kinship, and Individuals, 1864–1910

(p.146) Chapter 5 Modernity, Kinship, and Individuals, 1864–1910
A Genealogy of Dissent

Eugene Y. Park

Stanford University Press

During Korea’s struggle for survival as a nation in the age of imperialism, the Kaesŏng Wang began making adjustments. Likely aided by material wealth in a more commercialized economy, the continuing successes of the Kaesŏng lineage in terms of passing examinations and obtaining offices climaxed with civil examination graduates, some even achieving civil posts of mid-level or higher. In contrast, the Majŏn lineage saw its role as the caretaker of the Sungŭijŏn further diminished by having a fixed term of service, and the Wangs with problematic claims of descent from later Koryŏ rulers began securing acceptance into updated editions of the Kaesŏng Wang genealogy.

Keywords:   Chosŏn, Kojong, Kaesŏng, examination system, ritual heir, lineage, kinship, social status, shrine, genealogy

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