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The Making of Minjung: Democracy and the Politics of Representation in South Korea

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This work captures the minjung ('common people's) movement in its many dimensions, presenting its intellectual history as a discourse, its impact as a political movement, as well as raising questions about how intellectuals represented the minjung.
Hardcover, 349 pages
Published October 18th 2007 by Cornell University Press (first published October 2007)
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Hiroki
The author delineates how Undongkwon as counterpublic sphere had been constructed through alliance between intellectuals and workers, and the notion of minjung had been emerged as a counter narrative (the minjung project). She also focuses on bifurcation between intellectuals and workers and limitations of the minjung project, as well as its inadaptabiliy to post-democratization, post-modern society. Consequently, she argues, after 1990s "the tension and ideals of the 1980s have been only partia ...more
Kate
I read this for a presentation in my Korean History class. I felt that that this book was a little bit tedious, but as the book went on, I became more and more interested.
C Marcia
Very interesting and precise account of South Korean politics. Read parts of it for a Political Science course, but found it interesting enough to read in its entirety.
Rob
I read really fast.
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