Subjectivation and Social Movements in Post-Colonial Korea

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements book series (PSHSM)


In post-colonial Korea, social movements were the main impetus for overcoming various political, economic and cultural contradictions and conflicts triggered by the nationalization and capitalist modernization that followed the nation-state formation process. Social movements were also the means for achieving a democratic transformation of social relationships in a diverse number of social sectors. Yet the successive authoritarian regimes in post-colonial Korea had stifled freedom of assembly and association; thus social movements had to become clandestine underground organizations that required the individual sacrifices of committed activists. This historical background inscribed an important characteristic to the history of social movements, which is the explosive outbreak of the masses in spontaneous insurrections that subsequently triggered the formation of social movement organizations.


Social Movement Sexual Violence Liberal Democracy Capitalist Modernization Social Movement Organization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Korean Studies, Korea UniversitySeoulSouth Korea
  2. 2.Chungbuk National UniversityCheongjuSouth Korea

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