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Patriarchy in North Korea

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This chapter examines patriarchy and economic development in North Korea, a socialist society. It begins with a look at how policies have changed and at what the image of the ideal woman has been in North Korea. The chapter also examines the steady advance of the dominance of Kim Il Sung's thinking and sees how it was intertwined with policies on the status of women. Through the latter half of the 1950s, men and women were fully put to work without distinction. It was during this stage that the attempt to build socialism was in direct conflict with patriarchy. The Confucian norms present in Korean society were utilized along with the logic of a blood relationship to justify the transfer of leadership on the basis of heredity. Kim Il Sung in an address organized by the Korean Democratic Women's Union in 1961, also affirmed the role of women as mothers.

Keywords:Kim Il Sung; Korean Democratic Women's Union; North Korea; patriarchy; socialist construction



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