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Historical religious structure and the rapid growth of protestantism in Korean society, 1945-1990

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  • Historical religious structure and the rapid growth of protestantism in Korean society, 1945-1990
  • Chol, Set Byol
  • Seoul National University(Institute for Social Development and Policy Research, Center for Social Sciences)


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Title Historical religious structure and the rapid growth of protestantism in Korean society, 1945-1990
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Chol, Set Byol

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[Seoul]:Seoul National University(Institute for Social Development and Policy Research, Center for Social Sciences)

Date 2002-06
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Development and Society:vol. 31(no. 1)
Pages 25
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < General
Holding Seoul National University

Abstract

The underlying purpose of this paper is to explain the rapid growth of Protestantism in modern Korean society. My basic argument is that this phenomenon is not simply a change in the religious sphere but the culmination of changes in contemporary Korean society arising from its historical, political, and economic development. To overcome the problems latent in previous studies, I develop a new framework that incorporates historical religious structure, organizational aspects of religion, and the role of the state as contributory factors to the Protestant boom in Korea. From a societal perspective, this paper will first examine the anomic, social context induced by rapid political and economic changes in Korea. Second, at an organizational level, the various aspects of each religion as an organization will be explored, including evangelical strategies and social activities designed to increase legitimacy. (The rest omitted)