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Social risks and class identification after the financial crisis in Korea

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  • Social risks and class identification after the financial crisis in Korea
  • Nam, Eun Young
  • Seoul National University(Institute for Social Development and Policy Research, Center for Social Sciences)


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Title Social risks and class identification after the financial crisis in Korea
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Nam, Eun Young

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

Date 2013-12
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Development and Society:vol. 42(no. 2)
Pages 26
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Economy < Economic Conditions
Social Development < General
Holding Seoul National University

Abstract

This study examines the experiences of social risks such as unemployment, decrease in income, decrease in property, weakening family bonds, deterioration of health and their effects on middle class identification, and self-identified social stratification during the Korean financial crisis. The financial crisis in 1997 fundamentally transformed the density of the middle class and middle class identification declined rapidly in Korea. This study has found that unemployment was the strongest factor to significantly reduce middle class identification. The association between social risks and self-ranked social stratum also reveal the negative impact of economic crisis. Social risks such as unemployment and the deterioration of health around the economic crisis turned out to be significant factors in Koreans lowering their own social stratum ten years after economic crisis. Job instability also had a lasting impact on being ranking themselves lower on the social stratum. (The rest omitted)