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Two concepts of human rights in contemporary Korea

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  • Two concepts of human rights in contemporary Korea
  • Cho, Hyo-Je
  • Seoul National University(Institute for Social Development and Policy Research, Center for Social Sciences)


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Title Two concepts of human rights in contemporary Korea
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Cho, Hyo-Je

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

Date 2010-12
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Development and Society:vol. 39(no. 2)
Pages 28
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < General
Holding Seoul National University

Abstract

The paper looks at the emergence of two distinct concepts of human rights in contemporary Korea. The first, more time-tested concept draws upon the historical experience of pro-democracy movements dating back to the 1970s. The second concept is seen to be a relatively new phenomenon which started as a less conspicuous counterdiscourse of human rights of the past but has gained some prominence in recent years. The divergence of the human rights concept along the two different narratives has had ramifications far beyond the confines of domestic human rights promotion. It is argued that the contrasting concepts have evolved and taken shape over the years following the 1987 democratization. Several broad trends and events in the post-democratization period have helped the competing concepts to develop their distinctive contours and to bring their respective policy options into sharper focus. (The rest omitted)