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Title: Work and leisure and leisure policy in Korea
Author: Kim, KyungHee
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2011
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Korea tends to be regarded as a country which has relatively long working hours. At this point in time, the 40 hour workweek, introduced in 2005, seems to be having a remarkable impact on both the society and each individual. Many people expected increased leisure time alongside reduced working time, but has the Korean worker's working time decreased as expected? This thesis explains how and why reduced working time has brought about increased concern about leisure and expenditure on leisure products. The research examines the connections between workers' leisure and companies' welfare systems. These issues surrounding Korean workers are situated within three larger research questions as follows. First, what are the distinctive characteristic of Korean workers and the Korean labour market? Second, what concept of leisure policy is relevant in Korea and what is the potential of industrial recreation as a leisure policy? Third, what are actual demands of Korean workers for leisure, and what are the relationships between their demands for leisure and their work situations? This thesis proceeds with a comparative historical analysis followed by the results of new empirical research. The empirical research was carried out in 11 large companies in and around Seoul. A total of 144 questionnaires were completed by employees, and there were lOin-depth follow-up interviews. The main findings are as follows. First, the process of industrialisation in Korea has been very different to that experienced in Britain. Second, the majority of the working class in Korea are not manual workers. Third, leisure in Korea is deeply associated with consuming leisure goods and services. Fourth, state leisure policy has been part of economic policy rather than social policy. Fifth, Korean society remains highly influenced by Confucianism. Sixth, the role of trade unions in implementing legal rights to reduced working time has been insufficient.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.569217  DOI: Not available
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