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South Korean women workers’ labor resistance in the era of export-oriented industrialization, 1970-1980

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  • South Korean women workers’ labor resistance in the era of export-oriented industrialization, 1970-1980
  • Kim, Mi Kyoung
  • Seoul National University(Institute for Social Development and Policy Research, Center for Social Sciences)


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Title South Korean women workers’ labor resistance in the era of export-oriented industrialization, 1970-1980
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Kim, Mi Kyoung

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

Date 2003-06
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Development and Society:vol 32(no. 1)
Pages 25
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Original Format pdf
Subject Social Development < Employment
Holding Seoul National University

Abstract

This paper examines the structural forces behind South Korean women workers’' labor activism in the 1970s, an era of rapid export-oriented industrialization. Most of the labor strikes initiated by women occurred in the labor-intensive manufacturing sector, and they were in sharp contrast to the overall labor quiescence of male workers during the same period. The experiences of South Korean women refute widely held assumptions about the docility of Asian women workers. This case study suggests that women rebel when their lives undergo drastic changes under a set of antagonistic structural transformations. Women dialectically interact with the capitalist-patriarchal structure as conscious human agents, and the result of such interaction is their gender and class-based collective resistance.