The Emotions of Justice: Gender, Status, and Legal Performance in Choson Korea

The Emotions of Justice

The Choson state (1392-1910) is typically portrayed as a rigid society because of its hereditary status system, slavery, and Confucian gender norms. In her new book published by the University of Washington Press, Prof. Jisoo Kim challenges this picture by revealing the surprising complexity of a judicial system that operated in a contradictory fashion by discriminating against subjects while simultaneously minimizing such discrimination. The Emotions of Justice contends that the state's recognition of won, or the sense of being wronged, permitted subjects of different genders or statuses to interact in the legal realm and in doing so illuminates the intersection of law, emotions, and gender in premodern Korea.