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Korean Society

Civil Society, Democracy and the State, 2nd Edition

By Charles K Armstrong

Edited by Charles K. Armstrong


212 pages

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pub: 2006-11-14
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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 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition Charles K. Armstrong 1. Civil Society in West and East Bruce Cumings 2. The Problematic Modernity of Confucianism: "Civil Society" in Choson Korea John Duncan 3. Civil Society and Democratization in South Korea Sunhyuk Kim 4. Engendering Civil Society: The Role of the Labor Movement Hagen Koo 5. The South Korean Student Movement: Undongkwon as Counterpublic Sphere Namhee Lee 6. Women and Civil Society in South Korea Seungsook Moon 7. Commemorating Kwangju: The 5.18 Movement and Civil Society in the Late 1990s Linda S. Lewis 8. Protestant Christianity and the State Donald N. Clark 9. Beyond the DMZ: The Possibility of Civil Society in North Korea Charles K. Armstrong

About the Author/Editor

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

About the Series

Asia's Transformations

The books in this series explore the political, social, economic and cultural consequences of Asia's twenty-first century transformations. The series emphasizes the tumultuous interplay of local, national, regional and global forces as Asia bids to become the hub of the world economy. While focusing on the contemporary, it also looks back to analyze the antecedents of Asia's contested rise. Asia's Transformations aims to address the needs of students and teachers.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / International
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General