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Empowerment of Korean women from a postmodern Practical Theological perspective

Eun Ok Jeong, Yolanda Dreyer
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 59, No 4 | a694 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v59i4.694 | © 2003 Eun Ok Jeong, Yolanda Dreyer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 October 2003 | Published: 27 October 2003

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Eun Ok Jeong, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Yolanda Dreyer, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

The aim of the article is to discuss the situation of Korean women from political, social, cultural and religious perspectives in a postmodern context. Postmodernity implies a denial of the “absolute”, including “absolute power” of men over women. Heideggerian thinking rejects the modernistic privileged status of the Cartesian subject. In this article postmodern anti-foundational, anti-totalizing, and demystifying cate-gories are used to critique patriarchy in Korean society and literature in order to analyze social movements and cultural-religious values in Korea. It discusses a representation of sexual difference and values by means of feminist literary criticism. The article consists of a reflection on the relationship between theory and praxis in feminist Practical Theology, Korean women’s experience, the epistemology of post-modernity, and the empowerment of Korean women.

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