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South Korea’s Saemaul (new village) Movement

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  • South Korea’s Saemaul (new village) Movement
  • Sonn, Jungwon; Gimm, Dongwan
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Title South Korea’s Saemaul (new village) Movement
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Author(English)

Sonn, Jungwon; Gimm, Dongwan

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[Oxford]:Taylor & Francis Group

Date 2013
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Canadian Journal of Development Studies:vol. 34(no. 1)
Pages 15
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Territorial Development < National Land Development
Holding University College of London

Abstract

This paper uses the Foucauldian concepts of governmentality and apparatus (dispositive) to understand how the state can use an organisational technology to penetrate everyday life through hegemonic discourse. With a case study of the Saemaul (New Village) movement, a rural development initiative in South Korea in the 1970s, we analyse how the state used half-civilian, half-bureaucratic agents called Saemaul leaders to inscribe the discourse of developmentalism in the peasants’ bodies and souls. This article claims that organisational technology plays a critical role in the diffusion of hegemonic discourse during rapid structural transformations such as the industrialisation of South Korea.