Power, Place, and State-Society Relations in Korea

Power, Place, and State-Society Relations in Korea : Neo-Confucian and Geomantic Reconstruction of Developmental State and Democratization

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This book provides an unprecedented perspective on Korea's simultaneous experience of rapid, economic development and substantive democratization from the early 1960s to the late 1980s. By analyzing the state-societal relations reflected in the design, architectural monumentality, and other spatial arrangements of the capital city over three central periods of Korean political history (Hanyang, Kyeongseong, Seoul), this study attempts to find the cultural origins of the power of the state and the Neo-Confucian origin of democratic forces.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 426 pages
  • 162.56 x 226.06 x 38.1mm | 771.1g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 23 black & white illustrations, 6 maps, 14 tables
  • 0739175548
  • 9780739175545

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The author renders a fascinating and innovative approach to the political economy of development and state-society relations in Korea through a constructivist analysis of geomantic arrangement of the capital city during three periods, the Joseon Dynasty, the Japanese colonial period, and the Park Chung-hee era. Bold in analytical construct, rich in historical narratives, and far reaching in policy implications. -- Chung-in Moon, Yonsei Universityshow more

About Han Jong-woo

Jongwoo Han is visiting professor at the Graduate Institute of Peace Studies of the Kyung Hee University in Seoul. He is the author of Networked Information Technologies, Elections, and Politics: Korea and the United States and Understanding North Korea: Indigenous Perspectives.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Indigenous Model for State Hegemony: Neo-Confucianism, Power, and Place Chapter 3: The Hanyang Prototype of Hegemony, Hierarchy , and Heteronomy Chapter 4: Kyeongseong: Local-Global Interaction Chapter 5: The Seoul Era: The Emergence of the Developmental State and Democracy Chapter 6: Korea's Simultaneous Achievements Reconsidered Appendix 1: Gugong (or Kao-kung chi) Appendix 2: Central Government Officials in the Gyeongguk daejeon Appendix 3: Local Civil Officials Table Appendix 4: Craftsmen Table Appendix 5: Students in Capital Table Appendix 6: List of Government Officials Appendix 7: Slaves Central Governmentshow more