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Title: The remodern webs of contacts : pastoral reflections on 'North Koreans' in a Christian community of New Malden and Kingston upon Thames
Author: Lee, Suk In
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2019
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No academic study has been made to research the ways in which 'North Koreans' arriving in the United Kingdom as refugees have adapted to a globalized community. This thesis looks at how a large 'group' of 'North Koreans' have coped with the transformative change from a society, we would consider to be 19th century in outlook to a modern global society without the evolutionary stepping stones that most societies have experienced. The study explores the degree to which the 'North Koreans' have integrated into the local British Christian community, using as a basis the Remodernities Theory. First of all, having studied briefly how international migration patterns have affected 'North Koreans' I looked at the criteria they used on arrival in the UK, for selecting the local churches in New Malden and Kingston as their base camp. I have compared the journey of the 'North Koreans' metaphorically to that of a river, flowing from source to mouth. Along this journey the river changes in a number of ways with regard to flow and volume. Likewise, there is evidence shown here of the changes which the 'North Koreans' experience. On their escape journey as 'North Koreans' passing through a number of countries they evolve and change. I have gathered evidence from other sources in this thesis to provide background information regarding the struggles and conflicts that the 'North Koreans' face in both South Korea and UK as contradictory views regarding their status, identity and future which prevent a feeling of security for many in the 'North Korean' community. I have looked at how the contact zone theories of Pratt and the Remodernities theory of Vinzent can be evidenced in the lives of the 'North Koreans'. When social and cultural interactions occur I have found evidence of the way conflicts and perceptions may arise and the field research material included in this study examines both the positive and negative experiences of the 'North Koreans' in British society in general and within the local churches specifically. A comprehensive questionnaire (254 participants) has revealed much about the 'North Koreans' and their perceptions and this thesis looks to use that information, in addition to the detailed information provided by in-depth interviews with 12 'North Koreans' and 6 UK church members, to evaluate the progress that has been made in establishing relationships between the 'North Koreans' and British church members and to identify the way forward for the two communities. The evidence gained in this thesis points, not to a desire for integration but to a desire for an acceptance of the differences between the communities with a willingness and desire to work together.
Supervisor: Vinzent, Markus ; Sedmak, Clemens Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.789287  DOI: Not available
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