Political Protest and Labor Solidarity in Korea: White-Collar Labor Movements after Democratization (1987-1995)

1st Edition

Doowon Suh

Routledge
Published May 15, 2012
Reference - 240 Pages
ISBN 9780415541930 - CAT# Y137979
Series: Routledge Advances in Korean Studies

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Summary

East Asia has undergone an intense period of economic development and accompanying social change in recent years and among the unforeseen social phenomena that have emerged are new forms of trade unions. This book analyzes the importance of such a new union movement in Korea by focusing on the promotion of social reforms by, and the intensification of interunion solidarity between the white-collar movement factions.

Three sectors of the white-collar movement are examined—financial, hospital, and research unions. In comparing their success in raising social reforms and fortifying interunion solidarity, Doowon Suh considers diverse macro and micro social relations, such as the structure of political opportunities, organization leadership, and the effects of internal labor markets.

This book is an important read for those interested in industrial relations, labor history and social movements in Korea.

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