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

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In this sweeping intellectual and cultural history of the minjung ("common people's") movement in South Korea, Namhee Lee shows how the movement arose in the 1970s and 1980s in response to the repressive authoritarian regime and grew out of a widespread sense that the nation's "failed history" left Korean identity profoundly incomplete.

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Hardcover, 349 pages
Published October 18th 2007 by Cornell University Press (first published October 2007)
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Hiroki
Jun 28, 2010 Hiroki rated it it was amazing
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
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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.
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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.
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