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The Development of Modern South Korea : State Formation, Capitalist Development and National Identity - Kyong Ju Kim

The Development of Modern South Korea

State Formation, Capitalist Development and National Identity

Hardcover Published: 4th September 2006
ISBN: 9780415321921
Number Of Pages: 240

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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.

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Korean civilization and cultural traditionp. 7
The configuration of Korean civilizationp. 9
A stocktaking on historical sociology of Korean civilizationp. 9
Civilization theoriesp. 13
Korean civilizational development under the shadow of China and Japanp. 24
Peculiarities of Korean civilizationp. 32
The search for meaning in Korean culturep. 36
Beyond particularism and universalismp. 37
The core cultural traditions: Shamanism and Confucianismp. 44
State formationp. 55
State formation in post-colonial Koreap. 57
The theoretical backgroundp. 57
State formation in early Korean historyp. 64
State formation in post-colonial Korea: a key modern projectp. 71
Civil society, reflexive subject and transformative culturep. 82
Beyond action and system theoryp. 82
The dimension of cultural imaginaryp. 90
Capitalist developmentp. 101
The historical sociology of Korea's modernizationp. 103
The historical trajectory of Korean modernizationp. 103
The South Korean project of modernizationp. 108
Korea's rise and integration into the world systemp. 116
South Korea's integration into the world system: in search of a nichep. 116
State autonomy and economic modernizationp. 123
The Korean economic crisis: the end of a miracle or a turning point?p. 130
Direct causes of the economic crisisp. 130
Background to the economic crisis: the structural weaknessp. 132
Changes in the mode of accumulationp. 136
South Korea in transitionp. 140
Nationalism and reunificationp. 143
National identity, nationalism and nation building in Koreap. 145
Nation-state and nationalismp. 145
Struggle for national identity: Korean nationalismp. 149
Nationalism and nation buildingp. 155
Reunification and a new national identityp. 159
Reunification as a radical project of state formationp. 164
The unfinished project of state formationp. 164
Korea's reunification: so close yet so far?p. 169
Geopolitical variations: impediment or support?p. 174
A rapprochement: slow but steadyp. 177
Conclusionp. 180
Notesp. 185
Bibliographyp. 209
Indexp. 232
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ISBN: 9780415321921
ISBN-10: 0415321921
Series: Routledge Advances in Korean Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 4th September 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.03 x 15.49  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1