Political Protest and Labor Solidarity in Korea: White-Collar Labor Movements after Democratization (1987-1995), 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Political Protest and Labor Solidarity in Korea

White-Collar Labor Movements after Democratization (1987-1995), 1st Edition

By Doowon Suh


240 pages

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East Asia has undergone an intense period of economic development and accompanying social change in recent years and among the unforeseen social phenomena that have emerged are new forms of trade unions. This book analyzes the importance of such a new union movement in Korea by focusing on the promotion of social reforms by, and the intensification of interunion solidarity between the white-collar movement factions.

Three sectors of the white-collar movement are examined—financial, hospital, and research unions. In comparing their success in raising social reforms and fortifying interunion solidarity, Doowon Suh considers diverse macro and micro social relations, such as the structure of political opportunities, organization leadership, and the effects of internal labor markets.

This book is an important read for those interested in industrial relations, labor history and social movements in Korea.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. White-Collar Unionism as Social Movements 3. Theoretical Frameworks for Political Protest and Labor Solidarity 4. Personal Welfare and Economic Justice 5. Political Protest and Social Reform 6. Inter-Union Solidarity and Industrial Unionism 7. Conclusion

About the Author

Doowon Suh is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of International Studies at the Korea University.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Korean Studies

Korea is currently experiencing its most significant transformations since the end of the Korean war. This series is a showcase for the latest research on North and South Korea. The series is interdisciplinary in its focus.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industrial Management
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Workplace Culture
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Labor & Industrial Relations
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General