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The myth of the breakdown of tradition and Korean social science : A search for indigenization

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  • The myth of the breakdown of tradition and Korean social science
  • Ha, Yong Chool
  • Korean Social Science Research Council


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Title The myth of the breakdown of tradition and Korean social science
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A search for indigenization

Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Ha, Yong Chool

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[Seoul]:Korean Social Science Research Council

Date 2008
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Korean Social Science Journal:vol. 35(no. 1)
Pages 23
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Original Format pdf
Subject Social Development < General
Holding Korean Social Science Research Council

Abstract

This paper contends that one of the most critical obstacles to locating distinctively Korean phenomena is the lack of consideration of tradition. To support this argument, it traces historical and cognitive reasons for the neglect to concider the issue of tradition in Korean social sciences. Historically, the colonial rulw deprived the Korean people and eites to systematically reinvent Korean traditional vales, behaviors and institutions up to the needs of the times. The colonial rule also gave rise to high sense of urgency and inferiority among Korean intellectuals to tne extent that they were more preoccupied with future prescriptions and blue prints than detailed empirical analyses of Korean reality. Cognitively, colonial studies, Marxists or modernization theories and oth-er academic disciplines furt.