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Women and social change in South and North Korea : Marxist and liberal perspectives

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  • Park, Kyung Ae
  • MSU Board of Trustees


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Title Women and social change in South and North Korea
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Marxist and liberal perspectives

Material Type Articles
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Park, Kyung Ae

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East Lansing : MSU Board of Trustees

Date 1992-06
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Working Paper:no. 231
Pages 40
Subject Country North Korea(Asia and Pacific)
South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development < Employment
Social Development < Gender
Social Development < Others
Holding Michigan State University
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Abstract

Studies on the position of women in society disagree concerning the type of social system most conducive to the emancipation of women. The socialist system of North Korea and the capitalist system of South Korea are ideal laboratories in which to examine the Western liberal modernization perspective and the Marxist perspective in an empirical context. This paper analyzes how different patterns of social change have affected Korean women's position by comparing the status of women in North and South Korea. Neither the socialist revolution in North Korea nor the rapid modernization in South Korea by themselves served to liberate women, although state interference in North Korea in favor of women, especially, in the economic arena, greatly contributed to enhancing women's position in that society. Both North and South Korean women occupy inferior social positions in patriarchal social systems and are subject to many discriminatory measures in the economic arena. (The rest omitted)