Contentious Activism and Inter-Korean Relations by Danielle L. Chubb

Contentious Activism and Inter-Korean Relations

byDanielle L. Chubb

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In South Korea, debate over relations with the North is a contentious subject that transcends traditional considerations of physical and economic security. Political activists play a critical role in shaping the discourse as they pursue the separate yet connected agendas of democracy, human rights, and unification. Providing international observers with a better understanding of how South Korean policy makers manage inter-Korean relations, this volume traces the debate from the 1970s through South Korea's democratic transition. Focusing on four case studies -- the 1980 Kwangju uprising, the June 1987 uprising, the move toward democracy in the 1990s, and the decade of "progressive" government that began with the election of Kim Dae Jung in 1997 -- Danielle Chubb unravels South Korean activists' complex views on reunification, with the more radical voices promoting a North Korean-style form of socialism. While these arguments have dissipated over the years, traces remain in discussions over engaging with North Korea to bring security and peace to the peninsula.

Danielle L. Chubb is lecturer in international relations at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. She earned her Ph.D. at the Australian National University and has been a research fellow with Pacific Forum CSIS. Her main research interests are the political dynamics of the Korean peninsula, the role of nontraditional actors in s...
Title:Contentious Activism and Inter-Korean RelationsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 21, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231536321

ISBN - 13:9780231536325

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Note on Romanization and Citations
1. Political Activism, Discursive Power, and Norm Negotiation
2. Political Activism Under Yushin and the Kwangju Uprising, May 1980
3. From Kwangju to Democracy, 1980--1987
4. South Korea in Transition, 1987--1997
5. A New Era of Inter-Korean Relations, 1998--2007
Conclusion: Inter-Korean Relations from a South Korean Perspective

Editorial Reviews

A comprehensive and penetrating analysis of the dynamic interplay of democracy, unification, and inter-Korean relations. The book is original and innovative in theory and methodology, rigorous in empirical investigation, and rich in policy implications. A must read for students of Korean politics and East Asia studies.