[KS] Confucianism and economic development
hfinchum at indiana.edu
Sat Feb 8 18:51:46 EST 2003
Here is another source you may find helpful:
Okon Hwang's 2001 dissertation, "Western Art Music in Korea: Everyday
Experience and Cultural Critique," while not focused on economics,
contains a fascinating section (pp. 174-209) on the influence of
Confucianism on twentieth-century cultural developments. She ties her
ideas in with a "post-Confucian hypothesis in economics." The
hypothesis includes theories on transferred behavior and status
association. She argues that the mass acceptance of Western art music
in South Korea was not caused by outside influence in the form of
cultural imperialism (as often hypothesized). She believes, instead,
that internal cultural mechanisms (i.e. Confucianism) fascilitated
Western art music's successful dissemination in South Korea.
Again, while not focused on economics, this study draws on fieldwork
and personal experience, and it provides an interesting perspective on
Confucianism's connection with contemporary cultural changes.
U.C. Berkeley, Center for Korean Studies
> Roger Janelli & Dawnhee Yim's book "Making Capitalism: The Social
> Cultural Construction of a South Korean Conglomerate" (Stanford
> Press, 1993), while not about development per se, does have a lot to
> about the uses of "Confucianism" in constructing and maintaining
> structures. I use quotation marks around "Confucianism" because the
> argues that behavior within a South Korean corporation depends
> an rhetoric of Confucianism as a means of social control (such as
> advisee suggests). It thus relates rather directly to your advisee's
> on a theoretical level. The book is also drawn from fieldwork within
> Korean company, which makes it a good counterweight for more
> macroeconomic or political policy approaches.
> Richard Miller
> UW-Madison School of Music
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> > Sent: Tuesday, February 04, 2003 3:18 PM
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> > Subject: [KS] Confucianism and economic development
> > Dear Colleagues,
> > One of my advisees is conducting research on the connection
> > Confucianism and economic development in postwar South Korea. He
> > interested in both practice and discourse. In other words, he is
> > assuming that the connection always exists and is important, but
> > expects that in many examples the rhetoric of Confucianism became
> > corporate and state tool in the attempt to construct certain kinds
> > identities and encourage certain kinds of behavior.
> > The problem he is encountering is a plethora of vague references
> > Confucian-development connection (particularly in discussions of
> > chaebol) combined with a lack of specific evidence.
> > Can anyone suggest materials that might be useful in the study of
> > issue? Interviews, case studies, diaries, corporate PR, etc.? I've
> > the basic reading list he is working with at this point to the
> > this message. (I am a specialist in East Asian premodern ceramics
> > cultural history, and thus out of my depth when it comes to
> > modern economic
> > history.)
> > Thanks,
> > Morgan
> > *****************
> > Morgan Pitelka
> > Asian Studies Department
> > 408 Johnson Hall
> > Occidental College
> > 1600 Campus Road
> > Los Angeles, CA 90041
> > 1-323-259-1421
> > mailto:mpitelka at oxy.edu
> > *****************
> > Amsden, Alice. Asia's Next Giant: South Korea and Late
> > Oxford, 1989.
> > Borthwick, Mark. The Pacific Century: The Emergence of Modern
> > Pacific Asia.
> > Westview, 1992.
> > Brook, Timothy and H.V. Luong. Culture and Economy: The Shaping of
> > Capitalism in Eastern Asia. Michigan, 1997.
> > Chung Kae H. and H.C. Lee. Korean Managerial Dynamics. Praeger,
> > Cummings, Bruce. Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern History.
> > Das, Dilip K. Korean Economic Dynamism. St. Martin's Press, 1992.
> > Kim, Eun M. Big Business, Strong State: Collusion and Conflict in
> > Korean Development, 1960-1990. State University of New York, 1997
> > Steers, Richard M. Made in Korea: Chung Ju Yung and the Rise of
> > Routledge, 1999.
> > Tai, Hung-chao. Confucianism and Economic Development: An Oriental
> > Alternative? Washington Institute Press, 1989.
> > Ungson, Gerardo R., R.M. Steers, and S.H. Park. Korean
> > Enterprise: The Quest
> > for Globalization. Harvard Business School, 1997.
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Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology
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