The Korean Paekjong Under Japanese Rule

The Korean Paekjong Under Japanese Rule : The Quest for Equality and Human Rights

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Traditional Korean society was characterized by a rigid hierarchy. The minority Paekjong were the lowest group of the lowest rank of the shinbun class system, and were treated as outcasts throughout the Choson period (1392-1910). This book deals with their historical and social background, and their struggle for human rights and equality in colonial Korea through the activities of the Hyongpyongsa (Association for an Equitable Society), active from c.1923 to 1935. The Hyongpyongsa was the longest-lasting social movement during the colonial period, and its activities provoked confrontations with fellow Koreans as well as with the Japanese colonial powers. Through analysis of the social environment as well as their actions, this study reveals the complexity of early twentieth century Korea's drive towards more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12.19mm | 317g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1138863467
  • 9781138863460

About Joong-Seop Kim

Joong-Seop Kim is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for Reunification, Peace and Human Rights, at the Gyeongsang National University, South more

Table of contents

1. IntroductionPart I. The Historical and Social Backgrounds2. The Paekjong: Background and Historical Profile3. Origins of the Hyonp'yong MovementPart II. The Hyongp'yong Movement: 1923-19354. The Birth of the Hyonhp'yong Movement5. The Internal Dynamics: 1924-19256. The External Trials: 1923-19257. Expansion and Stagnation: 1925-19308. Ideological Tensions and Decline: 1930-19359. Conclusion and Addendashow more