The Handbook of World Families provides a cross-cultural perspective on the family by examining family life in 25 countries worldwide. The countries included in this volume are organized by six world regions including Africa, Asia/South Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America - offering readers the most thorough and balanced cross-cultural examination of world families available. Editors Bert N. Adams and Jan Trost, along with contributions by top family studies experts from around the world, ensure reliable, cutting-edge research and perspectives.

South Korean Families

South Korean Families

South Korean families

Description, History, and Background Information

Korea divided into two nations after World War II: in the south, the Republic of Korea, and in the north, the People's Republic of Korea. South Korea follows the democratic system in politics and the free-market economic system. North Korea follows the communist-type control system. This chapter describes families in South Korea, about which there is much data to analyze. South Korea is known as one of the newly industrialized societies in East Asia (NIEs) or one of the four “little dragons of East Asia.”

Korea was under Japanese colonial rule from 1910 to 1945. Five years after liberation from Japan, there was a war between the south and north in the early 1950s, which continued for ...

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