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Challenges of Modernization and Governance in South Korea

The Sinking of the Sewol and Its Causes

  • Jae-Jung Suh
  • Mikyoung Kim

About this book


Focusing on the sinking of the Sewol, a commercial ferry which capsized off the South Korean coast in April 2014, this book considers key issues of disaster, governance, civil society and the ideational transformation of human agents and their empowerment. Providing a lens through which to re-examine South Korean institutions, laws and practices, the volume examines the impact of the Sewol incident and what it reveals about the fault lines of South Korean society and governance. It addresses the repercussions of South Korea’s turn to a liberal democracy and neoliberal economy and reflects on the multilayered implications of the disaster in respect to the potential human costs of the country’s state-driven development policy and high stress modernisation. The book also highlights the relevance of the Korean experience for other societies on a similar developmental trajectories and facing similar challenges. 


Disaster Management and Governance Development Economics Civil Society in Asia Crisis and the Sewol incident Environmental Sociology in South Korea

Editors and affiliations

  • Jae-Jung Suh
    • 1
  • Mikyoung Kim
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Politics and International StudiesInternational Christian UniversityTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Chair, Human Rights Research CommitteeInternational Political Science Association (IPSA)QuebecJapan

About the editors

Jae-Jung Suh is Professor at the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. He has served as Associate Professor and Director of Korea Studies at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University and Assistant Professor in Department of Government at Cornell University as well as on the Presidential Commission on Policy Planning (Republic of Korea).


Mikyoung Kim is International Political Science Association (IPSA) Chair of Human Rights Research Committee. She has published many refereed articles and book chapters on memory, reconciliation, and human rights in East Asia. She was a two-term member of ROK National Unification Advisory Council (2012-15).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Challenges of Modernization and Governance in South Korea
  • Book Subtitle The Sinking of the Sewol and Its Causes
  • Editors Jae-Jung Suh
    Mikyoung Kim
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-4022-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-5027-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-4023-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 227
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Environmental Sociology
    Sustainable Development
    Development Economics
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