[KS] More about George Ewing Ogle: Ogle Memoirs

Frank Joseph Shulman fshulman at umd.edu
Wed Feb 29 01:22:27 EST 2012

OGLE, George Ewing  (1929- ).

Labor Unions in Rapid Economic Development: Case of the Republic of Korea in the 1960s.  Ph.D. Dissertation.  University of Wisconsin at Madison [United States], 1973 (Ph.D. in Industrial Relations).  Chairperson-Major Adviser: Everett M. Kassalow.  vi, 416, 1p.  DAI [Annotated in Dissertation Abstracts International] 34, no.10 (Apr. 1974): 6213-A; UMI (Ann Arbor, Michigan) Order Number 74-3539.

Ogle traced the development of South Korea's labor unions up to 1961, examined their organization and activities on both the local and national levels throughout the 1960s, and studied the economic, political and cultural environments within which they operated. Part of his dissertation focused on the "interaction between the unions and the economic development process", "the impact of the elite's politics on the labor movement", and the "forms within which tradition operated" as Korea industrialized. One of Ogle's major conclusions was that Korea's economic planners and industrialists tried to "control" the unions not because the unions exerted considerable influence over the economy but because they wished to prevent them from "pushing wages beyond a point which they considered economically desirable". Before completing this dissertation, Ogle earned a B.A. (1951) at Maryville College, a B.D. (Bachelor of Divinity) (1954) at Duke University, and an M.S. (1966) at the University of Wisconsin, and served as a United Methodist missionary in South Korea (1954-1974), particularly among industrial workers in Inch'ôn (Incheon).

Table of Contents: 1. Introduction. 2. Historical Background. 3. Organized Labor. 4. Economic Development. 5. Politics of the Modernizers. 6. Social and Ethical Forces from the Past. 7. Summary and Conclusions. 34 tables. Appendices [A-D]: pp.304-404. Bibliography: pp.405-16.

Related Master's thesis: "Development of the Korean Labor Movement", by George E. Ogle. M.S. in Industrial Relations, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1966. 114p.

Note: Ogle is also the author of a study on labor and political dissent entitled South Korea: Dissent within the Economic Miracle (London and Atlantic Highlands, N.J.: Zed Books; Washington, D.C.: International Labor Rights Education and Research Fund, 1990. xv, 189p.); and an account of his ministry to Korean workers, Liberty to the Captives: The Struggle against Oppression in South Korea (Atlanta, Ga.: John Knox Press, 1977. 188p.), which he wrote after the government deported him for speaking out against the imprisonment of eight men who were accused of having communist ties.

SOURCE: "A Century of Doctoral Dissertations on Korea, 1903-2004: An Annotated Bibliography of Studies in Western Languages", Compiled, Annotated and Edited by Frank Joseph Shulman. Five volumes. Forthcoming (2012).

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