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Change and Continuity in North Korean Politics

Change and Continuity in North Korean Politics

1st Edition

Adam Cathcart, Robert Winstanley-Chesters, Christopher K. Green
November 17, 2016

In the years since the death of Kim Jong-il and the formal acknowledgement of Kim Jong-un as head of state, the North Korean regime has made a series of moves to further augment and consolidate the ideological foundations of Kimism and cement the young leader’s legitimacy. Historical narratives...

The Korean Tradition of Religion, Society, and Ethics: A Comparative and Historical Self-understanding and Looking Beyond

The Korean Tradition of Religion, Society, and Ethics: A Comparative and Historical Self-understanding and Looking Beyond

1st Edition

Chai-sik Chung
November 03, 2016

By making Korea a central part of comparative history of East Asian religion and society, this book traces the evolution of Korean religion from the oldest representation to that of the current day by utilizing wide-ranging interdisciplinary and comparative resources. This book presents a holistic...

Understanding Korean Public Administration: Lessons learned from practice

Understanding Korean Public Administration: Lessons learned from practice

1st Edition

Kwang-Kook Park, Wonhee Lee, Seok-Hwan Lee
July 04, 2016

Although much has been written about the Korean public administration, the international academic community has little knowledge about it as most of the literature has been written in Korean. This book aims to provide more accessible knowledge internationally by filling that gap, covering both the...

Samsung, Media Empire and Family: A power web

Samsung, Media Empire and Family: A power web

1st Edition

Chunhyo Kim
March 17, 2016

This book analyses media conglomerates owning multiple media holdings under centralized ownership within and across media markets. It argues that Asian capitalists utilize both a market-oriented ideology and family connections to build their media empires, thereby creating cultural conglomerates...

Korean Multinationals in Europe

Korean Multinationals in Europe

1st Edition

Judith Cherry
February 28, 2016

Explores Korean foreign direct investment, putting forward a theoretical framework to explain why the Korean conglomerates felt compelled to invest in western, central and eastern Europe....

Modern Korea and Its Others: Perceptions of the Neighbouring Countries and Korean Modernity

Modern Korea and Its Others: Perceptions of the Neighbouring Countries and Korean Modernity

1st Edition

Vladimir Tikhonov
November 16, 2015

The period spanning the 1880s to 1945 was a crucially important formative time for Korea, during which understandings of modernity were largely shaped by the images of Korea’s neighbours to the east, west and north. China, Japan and Russia represented at some moments modern threats, but also...

Nouveau-riche Nationalism and Multiculturalism in Korea: A media narrative analysis

Nouveau-riche Nationalism and Multiculturalism in Korea: A media narrative analysis

1st Edition

Gil-Soo Han
September 21, 2015

The unprecedented economic success of South Korea since the 1990s has led in turn to a large increase in the number of immigrants and foreign workers in Korean industries. This book describes and explains the experiences of discrimination and racism that foreigners and ‘new’ Koreans have faced in a...

IT Development in Korea: A Broadband Nirvana?

IT Development in Korea: A Broadband Nirvana?

1st Edition

Kwang-Suk Lee
August 14, 2015

This book investigates the contextual factors that led to Korean society becoming ‘broadband heaven’ — the most wired nation in the world — by scrutinizing the historical contexts surrounding the Korean Information Infrastructure (KII) project (1995–2005), which aimed to establish a nationwide...

De-Bordering Korea: Tangible and Intangible Legacies of the Sunshine Policy

De-Bordering Korea: Tangible and Intangible Legacies of the Sunshine Policy

1st Edition

Valérie Gelézeau, Koen De Ceuster, Alain Delissen
March 04, 2015

As tensions remain on the Korean peninsula, this book looks back on the decade of improved inter-Korean relations and engagement between 1998 and 2008, now known as the ‘Sunshine Policy’ era. Moving beyond traditional economic and political perspectives, it explores how this decade of intensified...

Contemporary South Korean Society: A Critical Perspective

Contemporary South Korean Society: A Critical Perspective

1st Edition

Hee-Yeon Cho, Lawrence Surendra, Hyo-Je Cho
March 04, 2015

The growing importance of the Korean economy in the global arena and the spread of the so-called ‘Korean wave’ in Asia mean there is an increasing desire to understand contemporary Korean Society. To this end, this book provides a critical and progressive analysis of the diverse issues that impact...

New Millennium South Korea: Neoliberal Capitalism and Transnational Movements

New Millennium South Korea: Neoliberal Capitalism and Transnational Movements

1st Edition

Jesook Song
March 04, 2015

Despite the common held belief that Asian nations have displayed anti-market tendencies of under-consumption and export-oriented trade since the Asian financial crisis, in the 10 years since the crisis, South Korea has bucked this trend accruing a higher debt rate than the US. This groundbreaking...

Human Rights Discourse in North Korea: Post-Colonial, Marxist and Confucian Perspectives

Human Rights Discourse in North Korea: Post-Colonial, Marxist and Confucian Perspectives

1st Edition

Jiyoung Song
March 14, 2014

This unique book examines the conceptual development of human rights in North Korea from historical, political and cultural perspectives. Dr Jiyoung Song explains how North Korea has understood the concepts of human rights in its public documents since its independence from Japan in 1945. Through...

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