Korean Society: Civil Society, Democracy and the State [NOOK Book]

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While most analyses of Korean politics have looked to elites to explain political change, this new and revised edition of Korean Society examines the role of ordinary people in this dramatic transformation. Taking the innovative theme of 'civil society' - voluntary organizations outside the role of the state which have participated in the process of political and social democratization - the essays collected here examine Korea as one of the ...

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Overview

While most analyses of Korean politics have looked to elites to explain political change, this new and revised edition of Korean Society examines the role of ordinary people in this dramatic transformation. Taking the innovative theme of 'civil society' - voluntary organizations outside the role of the state which have participated in the process of political and social democratization - the essays collected here examine Korea as one of the most dramatic cases in the world of ordinary citizens participating in the transformation of politics.


Key topics discussed include:



  • comparisons of Korean democratization to the experiences of post-authoritarian regimes elsewhere in the world

  • comparisons of the theory of civil society as developed in Western Europe and America

  • the legacy of Korea's Confucian past for contemporary politics and society

  • close examinations of various civil society movements

  • South Korea and North Korea.

Conceptually innovative, up-to-date and timely, the new edition of this book will be an invaluable resource for students of contemporary Korea, Asian politics and the global struggle for democracy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135986384
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/22/2006
  • Series: Asia's Transformations
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 414 KB

Meet the Author

Charles K. Armstrong is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Korean Research at Columbia University, New York.

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Table of Contents


List of contributors     xi
Introduction   Charles K. Armstrong     1
Civil society in West and East   Bruce Cumings     9
The problematic modernity of Confucianism: the question of "civil society" in Choson dynasty Korea   John Duncan     33
Civil society and democratization in South Korea   Sunhyuk Kim     53
Engendering civil society: the role of the labor movement   Hagen Koo     73
The South Korean student movement: undongkwon as a counterpublic sphere   Namhee Lee     95
Women and civil society in South Korea   Seungsook Moon     121
Commemorating Kwangju: the 5.18 movement and civil society at the millennium   Linda S. Lewis     145
Protestant Christianity and the state: religious organizations as civil society   Donald N. Clark     167
Beyond the DMZ: the possibility of civil society in North Korea   Charles K. Armstrong     187
Index     205
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