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The Personalist Ethic and the Rise of Urban Korea

1st Edition

By Yunshik Chang

Routledge

266 pages

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This book reviews South Korea’s experiences of kŭndaehwa (modernization), or catching up with the West, with a focus on three major historical projects, namely, expansion of new (Western) education, industrialization and democratization.Thekŭndaehwa efforts that began in the last quarter of the nineteenth century have now fully transformed South Korea into an urban industrial society. In this book we will explore the three major issues arising from the kundaehwa process in Korea: How was the historical transformation made possible in the personalistic environment?; How personalistic is modern Korea?; And how difficult is it to build an orderly public domain in the pesonalistic modern Korea and how do Koreans respond to this dilemma of modernization?

As an examination of modernization as well as Korea, this book will appeal to students and scholars of Korean studies, sociology, politics and history.

Table of Contents

1. Choson Dynasty Korea

2. Korea in Transition 1876-1945

3. Growth of New (Western) Education

4. Industrialization

5. Democratization

6. Urbanizationand the Expansion of the Public Domain

About the Author

Chang Yunshik is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

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:
POL054000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Asian
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOC043000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Asian American Studies