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Why and how did Korean religious groups respond to growing rural poverty, social dislocation, and the corrosion of culture caused by forces of modernization under strict Japanese colonial rule (1910–1945)? Questions about religion’s relationship and response to capitalism, industrialization, urbanization, and secularization lie at the heart of understanding the intersection between colonialism, religion, and modernity in Korea. Yet, getting answers to these questions has been a challenge because of narrow historical investigations that fail to study religious processes in relation to political, economic, social, and cultural developments. In Building a Heaven on Earth, Albert L. Park studies the progressive drives by religious groups to contest standard conceptions of modernity and forge a heavenly kingdom on the Korean peninsula to relieve people from fierce ruptures in their everyday lives. The results of his study will reconfigure the debates on colonial modernity, the origins of faith-based social activism in Korea, and the role of religion in a modern world.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. Part I: Religion, Revolt, and Reimagining a Modern Korea, 1860-1937
  2. pp. 21-22
  1. 1. Origins of Protestantism and Tonghak in Late Chosŏn Korea
  2. pp. 23-55
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  1. 2. Economic and Social Change under Japanese Colonialism
  2. pp. 56-77
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  1. 3. A Heavenly Kingdom on Earth: The Rise of Religious Social Ideology
  2. pp. 78-114
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  1. Part II: Building a Heaven on Earth, 1925-1937
  2. pp. 115-116
  1. 4. The Path to the Sacred: Korea as an Agrarian Paradise
  2. pp. 117-149
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  1. 5. Spiritualizing the National Body: Sacred Labor, Community, and the Danish Cooperative System
  2. pp. 150-190
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  1. 6. Constructing National Consciousness: Educating and Disciplining Peasants’ Minds
  2. pp. 191-219
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 220-228
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 229-280
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 281-296
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 297-309
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780824853273
Related ISBN
9780824839659
MARC Record
OCLC
905734268
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2015-03-27
Language
English
Open Access
No
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