Protest Dialectics: The Emergence and Evolution of South Korea’s Democracy Movement (1970-1979)
By Paul Y. Chang, Yonsei University
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
The Yusin period (1972-1979) is considered to be the “dark age” for democracy in South Korea’s modern history. Partly because the 1970s is characterized as the dark age, most studies of South Korea’s democratization have focused on social movements in the 1980s and democratic transition in 1987. This talk, however, explores the emergence and evolution of anti-government protests in the 1970s. Focusing on the repression-mobilization relationship, this talk presents new data that show how democracy advocates adapted to a highly repressive context. While the total number of public protest events dwindled after Park Chung Hee’s repressive measures, democracy advocates were able to continue to develop their movement in significant ways. The precedence set by dissident communities in the 1970s provided the foundations for the democracy movement in the 1980s and speak to the continuing legacy of social movements during the Yusin period.
Paul Y. Chang currently teaches at the Underwood International College at Yonsei University and will be an assistant professor of sociology at Harvard University starting July 1, 2013.
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