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Practicing Feminism in South Korea

The women’s movement against sexual violence, 1st Edition

By Kyungja Jung


148 pages

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The Korean women’s movement, which is seen in both Western and non-Western countries as being exemplary in terms of women’s activism, experienced a dramatic change in its direction and strategy in the early 1990s. At the heart of the new approach was an increasing focus on sexual violence, which has had a huge impact on bringing women’s issues onto the public agenda in Korea. This book examines feminist practice in Korea by analyzing the experiences of the country’s first sexual assault center, the Korea Sexual Violence Relief Center. Based on extensive original research, including interviews with activists and extensive participant observation, it explores why feminist activists in South Korea chose to organize around the issue of sexual violence, the strategies it used to do so, what impact the movement has made and what challenges it still faces to achieve its objectives.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Korean Anti-sexual Violence Movement: A newer women’s movement 2. Sexual Assault Centres as Feminist Practice: The establishment of Korea Sexual Violence Relief Center 3. From Silence to Speaking out: Cultural change through discursive politics 4. "Doing" the Movement: Advocacy and legal change 5. The Renaissance of the Women’s Movement: The institutionalization of feminist practice 6. The Impact of the Engagement with the State upon Feminist Organizational Practice Conclusion: Sustaining feminist practice

About the Author

Kyungja Jung is a Senior Lecturer in Social Inquiry at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia.

About the Series

ASAA Women in Asia Series

The primary aim of this important series is to publish original, high quality work on all aspects of women in Asia. Submissions are welcomed from prospective authors, both new and established scholars, working in any appropriate discipline, and should in the first instance be sent to the series editor. Email: [email protected]


Editorial Board:

Hyaeweol Choi (University of Iowa)

Melissa Crouch (University of New South Wales) 

Michele Ford (The University of Sydney)

Trude Jacobsen (Northern Illinois University)

Tanya Jakimow (University of New South Wales)

Lenore Lyons (Independent scholar)

Vera Mackie (University of Wollongong)

Anne McLaren (The University of Melbourne)

Mina Roces (University of New South Wales)

Dina Siddiqi (New York University)

Andrea Whittaker (The University of Queensland)

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies