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The Role of the Middle Class in Korean Democratization: Korean Studies Series No. 39
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Author: Sungsoo Kim
Publisher: Jimoondang
Pub. Date: Oct. 2008
Pages: 201
Cover: Hardcover
Dimensions (in inches): 9.09 x 6.14 x 0.71
ISBN: 9788988095775
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What brought the Korean middle class to play an important role in the transitional phase of democratization? What influenced them to change its conservative values and preoccupation with economic stability and to actively participate in the political process? What are the backgrounds of their participation? This book is designed to trace and answer these questions. Members of the Korean middle class were the core actors in terms of size and their strategic positions in important social organizations and institutions. This study examines the factors explaining middle class participation in the movement for democratization. It develops a complex argument to explain the participation of different sectors of the middle class in the democracy movement in the mid-1980s incorporating both structural and cultural explanations. Especially concerned was the author with the influence of Confucianism and Christianity and the development of post-materialist values on the political culture of Korea, and how the interaction of different but not necessarily conflicting sets of values has influenced different sectors of the middle class to take action against the authoritarian government and in support of democracy. Finally, this study will perhaps provide support for the positions of both modernization theorists and cultural theorists for democratic transition and consolidation. 

Preface and Acknowledgement
List of Abbreviations
Note on Romanization of Korean Names and Words

Chapter 1

Chapter 2
The Middle Class and Their Role in Democratic Transition: Conceptual and Theoretical Issues

Chapter 3
Korean Modernization under the Authoritarian Regimes and Its Limits

Chapter 4
The Political Culture of Korea: A M?lange of Traditional and Modern Values

Chapter 5
Changing Values in Korea Society: The Middle Class


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