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Routledge Handbook of Contemporary South Korea




ISBN 9780367458201
Published August 31, 2021 by Routledge
432 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary South Korea offers a ground-breaking study of the socio-political development of the Korean peninsula in the contemporary period.

Written by an international team of scholars and experts, contributions to this book address key intellectual questions in the development of Korean studies, projecting new ways of thinking about how international systems can be organised and how local societies adapt to global challenges. Academically rigorous, each chapter defines current research and lends the reader greater understanding of the social, cultural, economic, and political developments of South Korea, ranging from chapters on the Korean Wave to relations with North Korea and the Korean language overseas.

The volume is divided into eight sections, each representing a focused area of inquiry:

    • socio-political history
    • contemporary politics
    • political economy and development
    • society
    • culture
    • international relations
    • security and diplomacy
    • South Korea in international education

This handbook provides an interdisciplinary and comprehensive account of contemporary South Korea. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of Korean history, politics and international relations, culture and society, and will also appeal to policy makers interested in the Indo-Asia Pacific region.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Niki J.P. Alsford

Part 1: SOCIO-POLITICAL HISTORY

2. Educational Development, Society, and Politics in South Korea

Michael J. Seth

3. Historical Development of Judicial Independence in South Korea: Focus on Colonial and Post-Colonial Period

Jong-Chol An

Part 2: CONTEMPORARY POLITICS

4. Political Structure Changes in South Korea since 1948

Hannes B. Mosler

5. Evolution of Political Parties and the Party System in South Korea

Youngmi Kim

Part 3: POLITICAL ECONOMY AND DEVELOPMENT

6. History of the Developmental States: The Case of South Korea

Taekyoon Kim

7. Chaebǒl and the Political Economy of South Korean Development, 1945 - Present

Eun Mee Kim and Nancy Y. Kim

8. The Evolution Story of South Korea from a Fragile State to an International Actor

Sojin Lim

Part 4: SOCIETY

9. Religion in Contemporary Korean Society: Interactions between the Past, Present and Future

Kevin N. Cawley

10. Korean Labour Movement: The Birth, Rise and Transformation of the Democratic Trade Union Movement

Dae-oup Chang

Part 5: CULTURE

11. Culture is Power in Dynamic Korea: Soft Power and Government Involvement in the Korean Wave

Hannah Michell

12. Creating Our Culture Together: The Contemporary Audience for Traditional Korean Music

Cholong Sung

13. South Korean Film: Commercial Success, Full Service Cinema and the Crisis-Consciousness

Andrew David Jackson

14. The South Korean Literary Field and Its Recent Evolution

Eun Jin Jeong

Part 6: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

15. South Korean National Identity and Inter-Korean Relations since 1945

Sarah A. Son

16. South Korean Relations with North Korea

Lonnie Edge

17. The Past, Present and Future of United States-South Korea Relations

David Hundt

18. Japan-South Korea International Relations

Hyung-Gu Lynn

19. Between a Wedge and a Hedge: South Korea’s Dilemma over China Relations

Ed Griffith

Part 7: SECURITY AND DIPLOMACY

20. Security Dimensions in Light of Changing Dynamics: The Rise of South Korea as a Global Player

Virginie Grzelczyk

21. Continuity and Changes in South Korea’s Middle Power Diplomacy

Marco Milani

Part 8: SOUTH KOREA IN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION

22. Korean Language Overseas

Seon Jung Kim

23. South Korea in the Secondary Education System in the United Kingdom

Michael Maddison, Aaron Wilkes and Richard McFahn

  

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Biography

Sojin Lim is an Associate Professor at the University of Central Lancashire. She has published research on Korea, including Aid Modalities Determinants: South Korea Triangular Cooperation and Implication towards North Korea (2019).

Niki J.P. Alsford is a Professor at the University of Central Lancashire. He has published research on Taiwan, including Transitions to Modernity in Taiwan: The Spirit of 1895 and the Cession of Formosa to Japan (2017).