Korea Confronts Globalization looks at the way in which the phenomenon of globalization has impacted on Korean society in terms of national identity, corporate change, labour markets, democracy, tradition and social policy, and the implications for Korea's social cohesion in a continually globalizing world.
While becoming more open to the outside world, South Korea has remained a cohesive national community with a strong nationalist reaction against the globalization of Korea and with Koreans constantly reminding themselves of the need to retain their national identity. They have also learned to cope with various forms of conflict arising from diversified interests in a complex society and the South Korean government is now making a serious attempt to establish a welfare state with various schemes designed to help the poor and needy to maintain a minimum level of ‘decent’ living. But it is uncertain whether South Korean society will continue to remain cohesive. Social inequality is increasing and the class divisions appear to be hardening and as such can Korea remain cohesive?
As a volume looking at the political and social implications of globalization in modern South Korea, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of Korean and East Asian studies, comparative sociology, development studies and politics
Table of Contents
Foreword by Pitman Potter Introduction: Korea in the Process of Globalization Chang Yun-Shik PART I : Status Politics Introductory Notes Donald Baker 1. Globalization and Women in South Korea Sung-Nam Cho 2. Regionalism in Korea: Regional Origins of Imbalance in the Leadership Structure of South Korea Eui-Young Yu PART II: Class Politics Introductory Notes Donald Baker 3. Industrial Workers, Corporate Employers and the Government Chang Yun-Shik 4. Globalization of Labour and Corporate Enterprises in South Korea: Labour Relations and Social Adjustment of Migrant Workers Hyun-ho Seok 5. Stumbling Democracy in South Korea: The Impacts of Globalization and Restructuring Hyun-Chin Lim PART III: Politics of Faiths, Ideology, and Values Introductory Notes Donald Baker 6. Left and Right in South Korea Chang Yun-Shik 7. Globalization and Value Conflict in Contemporary Korea Jonghoe Yang 8. Tradition Modernized : Globalization and Korea’s New Religions Donald Baker PART IV: Societal Cohesion Introductory Notes Donald Baker 9. Globalization and Welfare Reform in South Korea: Performance and Limitations Byung Yung Ahn 10. The Paradox of Korean Globalization? Shin Gi-Wook and Joon Nak Choi
Chang Yun-Shik is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and the former director of the Centre for Korean Research (1993-2001) at the University of British Columbia.
Hyun Ho Seok is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology and the former director of the Survey Research Centre at Sungkyunkwan University.
Donald L. Baker teaches Korean history and religion in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia, where he holds the Canada-Korea Business Council Chair in Korean Civilization.