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Modernization as a politico-cultural response and modernity as a culltural mixture : An alternative view of Korean modernization

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  • Modernization as a politico-cultural response and modernity as a culltural mixture
  • Kim, Kyong-Dong
  • Seoul National University(Institute for Social Development and Policy Research, Center for Social Sciences)


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Title Modernization as a politico-cultural response and modernity as a culltural mixture
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An alternative view of Korean modernization

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Author(English)

Kim, Kyong-Dong

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

Date 2005-06
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Development and Society:vol. 34(no. 1)
Pages 24
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < General
Holding Seoul National University

Abstract

This paper presents an alternative view, an indigenized interpretation, of modernization and modernity from the perspective of the historical experience of Korea. Modernization is conceived as a twin process; first of international acculturation emanating from the initial modernization of the West around the turn of the 16th century; and second, of indigenous adaptive change in each society exposed to it; the former as the converging force and the latter as the divergent process. The nature of the dynamics of indigenous adaptation in each late modernizer society is explained by the Principles of Political and Cultural Selectivity which provide ideas about the interactions among different social forces and selective processes of the existing culture. The end result of this politico-cultural response to the global modernization originating in the West is conceived to be modernity of each non-western modernizing society. (The rest omitted)

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Revised paper presented at the international conference on “The Course of Modernization in the Countries and Regions of East Asia,” organized by the International Committee of Historical Sciences(CISH), the Association of Chinese Historians, and the Institute of World History of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, April 7-9, 2004, Beijing, China.