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Labor's place in South Korean development : Shipbuilding workers, capital, and the state, 1960-79

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  • Labor's place in South Korean development
  • Nam, Hwasook Bergquist
  • University of Washington


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Title Labor's place in South Korean development
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Shipbuilding workers, capital, and the state, 1960-79

Material Type Articles
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Nam, Hwasook Bergquist

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[Seattle] : University of Washington

Date 2003-05
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Economy < Economic Administration
Social Development < Employment
Holding University of Washington
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Abstract

This dissertation examines the nature of postwar South Korean labor activism, based on a case study of shipbuilding workers at the Korea Shipbuilding and Engineering Corporation (KSEC) in Pusan, South Korea. Within the broad context of South Korean nation-building in the postwar decades, it seeks, in particular, to reconstruct the ways values and attitudes formed during the colonial and the immediate postwar period influenced workers during the period of rapid economic development under the Park Chung Hee regime (1961--79).The study of KSEC workers, based on hitherto seldom used primary materials preserved by the union, shows that at least a segment of heavy-industry skilled workers developed a militant and democratic union movement by the 1960s. Their aspirations and visions were quite radical, contrary to the conventional understanding that workers remained a passive and submissive "input" in South Korean economic development during the 1960s. (The rest omitted)