The Development of Modern South Korea provides a comprehensive analysis of South Korean modernization by examining the dimensions of state formation, capitalist development and nationalism. Taking a comparative and interdisciplinary approach this book highlights the most characteristic features of South Korean modernity in relation to its historical conditions, institution traditions and cultural values paying particular attention to Korean's pre-modern civilization.
Introduction Part 1: Korean Civilization and Cultural Tradition 1. The Configuration of Korean Civilization 2. The Search for the Meaning in Korean Culture Part 2: State Formation 3. State Formation in Postcolonial Korea 4. Civil Society, Reflexive Subject and Transformative Culture Part 3: Capitalist Development 5. The Historical Sociology of Korea's Modernization 6. Korea's Rise and Integration into the World System 7. The Korean Economic Crisis: the end of a miracle or a turning point? Part 4: Nationalism and Reunification 8. National identity, Nationalism, Nation-Building in Korea 9. Reunification as a radical Project of State Formation Conclusion Bibliography