[KS] Korean Universities

J.Scott Burgeson jsburgeson at yahoo.com
Fri Dec 9 00:05:04 EST 2005

While there are certain culturally based institutional
forces at work not only within Korean universities but
everywhere else, the longer I stay in Korea the more
aware I am of the oft-stated but easily ignored truism
that personal relationships are everything here. That
said, the interpersonal energy dynamics between a
professor and a student may really affect much if not
most of how power is played out between two
individuals. A particular student maybe simply
predispose him or herself to major or minor forms of
exploitation by superiors due to their own attitude or
personality, while others may come off as stronger in
whatever way and thus not invite so easily such
exploitation. I am sure that by making this kind of
statement, I open myself up to numerous self-righteous
flames, but surely one cannot ignore how individually
determined interpersonal dynamics--rather than merely
abstract institutional ones--affect how power plays
itself at the ground level out not only in Korea but
anywhere else.
   --Scott Bug  

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