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Elusive BelongingMarriage Immigrants and "Multiculturalism" in Rural South Korea$
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Minjeong Kim

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780824869816

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824869816.001.0001

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(p.1) Chapter One Introduction
Elusive Belonging

Minjeong Kim

University of Hawai'i Press

The introductory chapter begins with a review of the literature on international marriages from Asia and within Asia, and then covers the literature on marriage immigrants. The chapter explains politics of belonging as the main theoretical framework, which links the political and the emotional. It discusses the intersections of intimacy and care, anxiety, and gratitude with hierarchies of gender, class, nationality, and race, and how these emotions can shape marriage immigrants’ sense of belonging to Korean society. It also describes the author’s subjectivity as a researcher with focus on the author’s liminal position in the field. The chapter concludes with an overview of the remaining chapters.

Keywords:   International marriages, Marriage immigration, Politics of belonging, Genuineness of marital affection, Economic anxiety, Economy of gratitude, Liminality

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