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The power of the ideology of gender equality and the limitations of state bureaucracy : Paradoxes in the institutionalization of gender equality policies in South Korea

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  • Cho, Se-Hyun
  • UC San Diego


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Title The power of the ideology of gender equality and the limitations of state bureaucracy
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Paradoxes in the institutionalization of gender equality policies in South Korea

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Cho, Se-Hyun

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[San Diego]:UC San Diego

Date 2010
Series Title; No UC San Diego electronic theses and dissertations
Pages 339
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Gender
Holding UC San Diego

Abstract

This research seeks to explain the paradoxes of policy efforts made by Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (MOGEF) in Korea. Korea established a Ministry to redress gender inequality and succeeded in passing numerous legislation guaranteeing formal equal rights for women, which won Korea a UN designation as an exemplary case. However, the paradox of the institutionalization of gender equality within a special unit for the promotion of women was that the more powerful the institution became, the less ideological freedom it enjoyed. Thus, even with the progressive feminist activism's support and the institution's improved status, they failed to reach many of their gender equality goals and to change gender norms and practices through which the labor market and the modern family operate. Specifically, employment policies created more employment for women in order to improve women's economic independence, but they also channeled them into female-typed low-paid occupations such as care workers. (The rest omitted)