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    Building Ships, Building a Nation: Korea's Democratic Unionism Under Park Chung Hee (Korean Studies of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies) (Paperback) By (author) Hwasook Bergquist Nam

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    Description"Building Ships, Building a Nation" examines the rise and fall, during the rule of Park Chung Hee (1961-79), of the combative labor union at the Korea Shipbuilding and Engineering Corporation (KSEC), which was Korea's largest shipyard until Hyundai appeared on the scene in the early 1970s. Drawing on the union's extraordinary and extensive archive, Hwasook Nam focuses on the perceptions, attitudes, and discourses of the mostly male heavy-industry workers at the shipyard and on the historical and sociopolitical sources of their militancy. Inspired by legacies of labor activism from the colonial and immediate postcolonial periods, KSEC union workers fought for equality, dignity, and a voice for labor as they struggled to secure a living wage that would support families. The standard view of the South Korean labor movement sees little connection between the immediate postwar era and the period since the 1970s and largely denies positive legacies coming from the period of Japanese colonialism in Korea. Contrary to this conventional view, Nam charts the importance of these historical legacies and argues that the massive mobilization of workers in the postwar years, even though it ended in defeat, had a major impact on the labor movement in the following decades. Hwasook Nam is assistant professor of history and international studies at the University of Washington, where she holds the James B. Palais professorship in Korea studies.

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    Building Ships, Building a Nation
    Korea's Democratic Unionism Under Park Chung Hee
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Hwasook Bergquist Nam
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    ISBN 13: 9780295988993
    ISBN 10: 0295988991

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    Illustrations note
    14 illustrations, 2 maps
    University of Washington Press
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    University of Washington Press
    Publication date
    25 May 2009
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    "This is a superb work. In its appreciation of the dynamic character of the politics of labor at the plant level, it has no peer." - Andrew Gordon, Harvard University "This first-rate scholarly work throws light on a period of South Korea's labor history that has received little attention and has been largely misunderstood. Hwasook Nam demonstrates the historical linkages connecting South Korea's contemporary labor movement to the labor activism during the immediate postwar period as well as to the colonial legacy of labor mobilization." - Hagen Koo, University of Hawai'i