[KS] Summer 2006 issue of the Korea Journal

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Wed Aug 23 21:05:50 EDT 2006

Dear list members,

We are pleased to announce the publication of the summer 2006 issue of the KOREA JOURNAL. This issue features the special topic: “Currents and Prospects of the Citizens’ Movement in Korea.” It also includes four research papers and three book reviews.

Currents and Prospects of the Citizens’ Movement in Korea 
Having grown rapidly and exerted a significant influence on agenda-setting processes in the Korean society since the 1990s, the Korean citizens’ movement currently faces challenges brought about by the “IMF economic crisis” and globalization on the one hand, and internal division within the citizens’ movement on the other. The summer 2006 issue of the KOREA JOURNAL spotlights the topic “Korean citizens’ movement,” by focusing on the relationship between the citizens’ movement and the previous democratization movement, characteristics of the movement, and the changing situations and challenges the movement has had to cope with. 

Shin Kwang-Yeong explores the historical trajectory of the Korean citizens’ movement and then notes the internal division within the movement organizations, which was propelled by the emergence of conservative organizations. Through this, he criticizes the existing argument that civil society is a realm independent from political society. Cho Dae-Yop, who offers an analysis of the citizens’ movement organizations in terms of their ideology, resources, and action repertoire, argues that while the movement has many commonalities with the democratization movement from the past, it increasingly has tended to adapt itself to the capitalist regime, especially in terms of changed ideological orientation and market mobilization strategy. While referring to a sense of crisis felt by the activist groups, Kim Dong-Choon presents as desirable one form of the movement that is independent both from the state and the market. Han Young-Hae compares the Korean citizens’ movement with that of Japanese. According to her, the Korean citizens’ movement should take more interest in the issue of how to systemically organize citizens’ groups. While defining the local citizens’ movement as one that aims at guaranteeing equal access to public goods, Lee Eun-Jin feels the need to transform the mobilization strategy of local citizens from a personalized mobilization into an associational one. (The authors and titles under this topic are as follows.)  

Shin Kwang-Yeong (Chung-Ang Univ.) / The Citizens’ Movement in Korea
Han Young-Hae (Seoul National Univ.) / An Analysis of the Discourse on the Citizens' Movement in Korea: A Comparison to the Japanese Case
Cho Dae-Yop (Korea Univ.) / Korean Citizens’ Movement Organizations: Their Ideologies, Resources, and Action Repertoires
Kim Dong-Choon (SungKongHoe Univ.) / Growth and Crisis of the Korean Citizens’ Movement
Lee Eun-Jin (Kyungnam Univ.) / Local Self-Governance and the Citizens’ Movement

Research Papers
Mingran Tan examines the Toegye Yi Hwang’ Li-Qi dualism and its relationship to Zhu Xi. Lee Hwa Yong and Moon Ji Young compare Korean and British liberalism, arguing that Korea took a different route toward democratization, one that cannot be generalized from the British experience. Lim Tae-seung sheds light on Kim Hong-do’s art world with a focus on the paradigm shift found in Kim’s painting composition. And finally, Kim Ki-Seok, based on recently-discovered materials, depicts Emperor Gojong not as a traitor who sold out his country but as a determined person who consistently explored diplomatic measures to protect its sovereignty. (The authors and titles are as follows.)   
Mingran Tan (Univ. of Toronto) / An Investigation and Assessment of Yi Toegye’s Li-Qi Dualism
Lee Hwa Yong (Kyunghee Univ.) and Moon Ji young (Sogang Univ.) / Comparing Korean Liberalism with British Liberalism in Their Respective Roles in the Evolution of Democracy
Lim Tae-seung (East China Normal Univ.) / Paradigm Shifts of Regions and Icons: The Aesthetic Significance of Kim Hong-do’s Paintings 
Kim Ki-Seok (Seoul National Univ.) / Emperor Gwangmu’s Diplomatic Struggles to Protect His Sovereignty before and after 1905

Book Reviews
Hwang Ik-joo (Seoul National Univ.) / Korean Anthropology: Contemporary Korean Culture in Flux, edited by Korean National Commission for UNESCO 
Koo Kab-Woo (Kyungnam Univ.) / Did Hamel “Discover” the Korean Peninsula? (Kang Jung In, Seogu jungsim jujui-reul neomeseo)
Han Kyung-Koo (Kookmin Univ.) / From Housewives to Butterflies: Hallyu and the Fantastic Journey to Korea (Hahm Hanhee and Heo In-sun, Gyeoul yeon-ga-wa nabi hwantaji)

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