Oct 2, ICGC Brown Bag Series, Matchmaking business: External and Intermediate Force of Exogamy

International Center for the Study of Global Change

ICGC Brown Bag Series

Friday October 2nd, 2015


537 Heller Hall

Matchmaking Business: External and Intermediate Force of Exogamy

Presented by: Juyoung Lee, Department of Anthropology

Abstract: Anthropologists have long studied marriage practices of exogamy as a rupture that severs biological roots of kinship. Following critiques of such a structural perspective on marriage, I argue that exogamy is a historically specific way of understanding the emergent situation where marriage within an imagined communal boundary becomes no longer possible. This transforms how we view the affective power of matchmaking itself. In my presentation, I investigate how matchmaking industry between Vietnam and South Korea for decades has been developed constitutively through the transitory mode of matchmaking agency, and how this change impacts on their intimate life.

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