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Routledge Handbook of Contemporary South Korea

Edited by: Sojin Lim , Niki J.P. Alsford

Print publication date:  August  2021
Online publication date:  August  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367458201
eBook ISBN: 9781003026150
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781003026150
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Book description

The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary South Korea offers a ground-breaking study of the socio-political development of the Korean peninsula in the contemporary period.

Written by an international team of scholars and experts, contributions to this book address key intellectual questions in the development of Korean studies, projecting new ways of thinking about how international systems can be organised and how local societies adapt to global challenges. Academically rigorous, each chapter defines current research and lends the reader greater understanding of the social, cultural, economic, and political developments of South Korea, ranging from chapters on the Korean Wave to relations with North Korea and the Korean language overseas.

The volume is divided into eight sections, each representing a focused area of inquiry:

    • socio-political history
    • contemporary politics
    • political economy and development
    • society
    • culture
    • international relations
    • security and diplomacy
    • South Korea in international education

This handbook provides an interdisciplinary and comprehensive account of contemporary South Korea. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of Korean history, politics and international relations, culture and society, and will also appeal to policy makers interested in the Indo-Asia Pacific region.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Educational development, society, and politics in South Korea Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Historical development of judicial independence in South Korea: FOCUS ON COLONIAL AND POST-COLONIAL PERIOD Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Political structure changes in South Korea since 1948 Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Evolution of political parties and the party system in South Korea Download PDF
Chapter  6:  History of the developmental state: the case of south korea Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Chaeboˇl and the political economy of South Korean development, 1945–present Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The evolution story of South Korea from a fragile state to an international actor Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Religion in contemporary Korean society: interactions between the past, present and future Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Korean labour movement: the birth, rise and transformation of the democratic trade union movement Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Culture is power in dynamic Korea: soft power and government involvement in the Korean Wave Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Creating our culture together: the contemporary audience for traditional Korean music Download PDF
Chapter  13:  South Korean film: commercial success, full service cinema and the crisis-consciousness  Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The South Korean literary field and its recent evolution Download PDF
Chapter  15:  South Korean national identity and inter-Korean relations since 1945 Download PDF
Chapter  16:  South Korean relations with North Korea Download PDF
Chapter  17:  The past, present and future of United States–South Korea relations Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Japan–South Korea international relations Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Between a wedge and a hedge: South Korea's dilemma over China relations Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Security dimensions in light of changing dynamics: the rise of South Korea as a global player Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Continuity and changes in South Korea's middle power diplomacy Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Korean language overseas Download PDF
Chapter  23:  South Korea in the secondary education system in the United Kingdom Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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