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Title: Reflexivity, historicity and theframing of lived experience in social movements in South Korea, 1980-1995
Author: Park, Mi.
Awarding Body: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Current Institution: London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London)
Date of Award: 2004
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The thesis investigates two questions: what accounts for political change in South Korea over the last two decades and what were the characteristics of South Korean revolutionary movements between 1980 and 1995? As its analytical framework, the thesis takes a historical and dialectical approach drawing on multi-disciplinary concepts including historicity, reflexivity, ideology, framing and a repertoire of contention. As for political life in South Korea, the thesis argues that three factors contributed to changes in the political culture and polity structure of South Korea, namely political interaction between the state and social movements, economic reorganization, and geo-politics. As for the characteristics of the South Korean revolutionary movements, the thesis focuses on exploring patterns of changing ideologies over the life of the revolutionary movement. The research found that: [1] historicity and reflexivity were embedded in cognitive aspects of the revolutionary movement; [2] the accumulated experiences of struggle as well as the success and failure of previous social movements influenced the selection process of movement ideologies; [3] movement ideologies varied depending on the different conceptualization of what exists, what is desirable, and what is possible; [4] ideological shifts in social movements constantly occurred in response to social change.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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