Korean Society Civil Society, Democracy and the State

ISBN-10: 0415770580

ISBN-13: 9780415770583

Edition: 2nd 2007

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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 most dramatic cases in the world of ordinary citizens participating in the transformation of politics. Key topics are discussed including: *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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Book details

List price: $49.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 12/4/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 212
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

List of contributors
Introduction
Civil society in West and East
The problematic modernity of Confucianism: the question of "civil society" in Choson dynasty Korea
Civil society and democratization in South Korea
Engendering civil society: the role of the labor movement
The South Korean student movement: undongkwon as a counterpublic sphere
Women and civil society in South Korea
Commemorating Kwangju: the 5.18 movement and civil society at the millennium
Protestant Christianity and the state: religious organizations as civil society
Beyond the DMZ: the possibility of civil society in North Korea
Index
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