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The culture of industrial relations in Korea : An alternative sociological approach

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Frame of Image s specia l emphasis on culture, whereas the others would rather focus their analysis upon the more objective historical elements of structural characteristics and institutional arrangements(Berger, 1988). For a more fruitful understanding of social affairs, however, one should not confine oneself to either of these extreme viewpoints. What is more important is how methodically and rigorously one substantiates one's position. While my approach in this paper may be called culturalistic in the sense that I shall analyze certain significant phenomena of industrial relations in Korea by exploring into the cultural background and sources of labor-management behavior, I am not trying to explain them with cultural factors alone. The purpose of such an approach is to bring culture into relief and show how certain cultural factors might affect industrial relations in the given structural and institutional context. By doing this, one could gain some fruitful grasp of the very complex dynamics of industrial relations in a country like Korea where rapid transformations are taking place in almost all sectors of social life. When culture is explored for a better comprehension of some social phenomena, one can benefit more than one could expect by drawing upon the indigenous cultural cognitions, orientations, and evaluations relative to the subject matter at hand. In recent years, some social scientists in the non-Western academic circles have endeavored to establish what is known as alte


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Title The culture of industrial relations in Korea
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An alternative sociological approach

Material Type Reports
Author(English)

Kim, Kyong-Dong

Publisher

Seoul:KDI school of Public Policy and Management

Date 2002
Series Title; No Working paper series / 02-02
Pages 16
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Documents
Original Format pdf
Subject Social Development < General
Holding KDI; KDI School