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Taking another look at land reform in South Korea : A focus on Kinship networks

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  • Taking another look at land reform in South Korea
  • Lee, Yong-ki
  • Seoul National University(Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies)


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Title Taking another look at land reform in South Korea
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A focus on Kinship networks

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Lee, Yong-ki

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[Seoul]:Seoul National University(Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies)

Date 2013-06
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Seoul Journal of Korean Studies:
Pages 26
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Territorial Development < National Land Development
Social Development < Population
Holding Seoul National University

Abstract

Two of the most important events in South Korea of the 1950s were clearly the Korean War and the land reform. The South Korean land reform is commonly evaluated as having established the foundation for the capitalist development of South Korea through its dismantling of the landlord system and the creation of a system based on independent farmers. To date, a number of economics-based case studies of the land reform have been carried out. Such studies, however, have rested on a methodological presumption of individualism that risks overlooking the more complex network of social relationships that typified the daily lives of farmers, and which influenced the process of land reform. This article aims to analyze the South Korean land reform by focusing on a region called Chilliansok, part of Jangheung-gun’s Yongsan-myeon in Jeollanam-do, and a place where the system of traditional authority continued to exert a tangible influence for years after national liberation. (The rest omitted)