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‘The candle-lit demonstration’ as a social drama : The dynamics of civil disobedience in Korea

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  • ‘The candle-lit demonstration’ as a social drama
  • Joe, Il Dong
  • Seoul National University(Center for Social Sciences)


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Title ‘The candle-lit demonstration’ as a social drama
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The dynamics of civil disobedience in Korea

Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Joe, Il Dong

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[Seoul]:Seoul National University(Center for Social Sciences)

Date 2012
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Korean Social Sciences Review (KSSR):vol. 2(no. 1)
Pages 36
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < Internal Conflict
Holding Seoul National University

Abstract

This paper is an analysis of the candlelight demonstrations of 2008 in South Korea as a ‘social drama’. The demonstration participants each have different, individual reasons for joining the cause, yet those reasons can all be attributed to the unrestrained competition imposed by a capitalist society. The South Korean government’s decision to import American beef became an event through which the participants expressed their discontent. Prior to participating in these demonstrations, many people did not feel the need for solidarity with others to any great extent. However, with new boundaries forming between people and societal discord simultaneously resulting from greatly increased pressure, people became concerned with the meaning and possibility of solidarity. The collapse of these borders started with questions about in the state of science, heretofore assumed to be precise and neutral. This is because scientific reasoning was the foundation for the government’s argument that the importation of American beef was for the public good. In the many debates surrounding the issue of the importation of American beef, both sides used scientific figures to prove their cases. In order words, this demonstration case illustrates how scientific arguments can be analyzed, interpreted, and provided different arguments by individuals whose political ideologies are different. As the demonstrations grew, the police began to use a violent measure to suppression them. Confronting the violence, people ridiculed the authority with wit and humor. (The rest omitted)