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Women’s subordination in Confucian culture: Shifting breadwinner practices

Author: Eunjung Koo

In: Asian Journal of Women's Studies, Vol 25, No 3, 2019, pp. 417-436

By tracing everyday breadwinner practices from the early industrial period to the democratic period (largely between 1960s and 2000s) in Korea, and by observing that the Confucian hierarchy of male supremacy continued into the early industrial period, despite the significant contributions of women to earning a living for their families, this study illustrates the changes in dynamics relating to women’s subordination.