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