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Social movements as agents of innovation : Citizen journalism in South Korea

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  • Social movements as agents of innovation
  • Kern, Thomas; Nam, Sang Hui
  • German Institute of Global and Area Studies


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Title Social movements as agents of innovation
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Citizen journalism in South Korea

Material Type Reports
Author(English)

Kern, Thomas; Nam, Sang Hui

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Hamburg:German Institute of Global and Area Studies

Date 2008
Series Title; No Working paper / 73
Pages 37
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < Political Development
Holding German Institute of Global and Area Studies

Abstract

This article aims to further develop the field of innovation studies by exploring the emergence of citizen journalism in South Korea’s social movement sector. To achieve this aim, the framework of innovation theory has been extended to innovations in social fields beyond technology and the economy. Our findings show that the emergence of citizen journalism resulted from brokerage activities among journalists, labor and unification activists, and progressive intellectuals. Despite different cultural visions and structural interests, these groups succeeded in building coalitions and constituted a sociocultural milieu which promoted reciprocal learning by allowing actors to realize new ideas and to exchange experiences. The empirical part of the study is based on a social network analysis of social movement groups and alternative media organizations active in South Korea between 1995 and 2002.