How is Newly Adapted Islamic Culture Determined by Korean Muslim women in an International Marriage Family When they Raise Children in Korea? −The Effect of their Positioning in the Local Korean Community − A grounded Teory Approach
The purpose of this study is to show the qualitative factors of how the positioning (Hall, 1997) of the
international family in local Korean society affects the couples’ psychological relations and the family culture they construct.
In depth interviews and questionnaires were administered and observations were made of the seven Korean muslim women
whom got married to foreign muslim men and residing in Korea, Seoul with at least one child in 2018. The interview was
recorded, transcribed and analyzed using “Grounded Theory Approach” (Strauss & Corbin, 1990, 1998; Charmaz, 2000).
From this analysis these Korean women were categorized into 3 groups. The quality of the family culture was constrained by
four factors: the level of relationship with the local Korean culture or their own cultural orientation after marriage, Korean
muslim mothers’ psychological positioning in the local Korean community, Korean muslim identification with Korean
culture, and whether the marriage is recognized as a culturally ‘muslim culture oriented family’ or ‘Korean culture oriented
family’ by Korean muslim women residing in Korea.
Keywords - Korean muslim women, raising muslim child in Korean society, positioning Korean muslim mothers in the
family, international family, grounded theory