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Discourses of civil society in South Korea : Democratisation in an emerging information society

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  • Discourses of civil society in South Korea
  • Lee, Hee-Jeong
  • University of Birmingham


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Title Discourses of civil society in South Korea
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Democratisation in an emerging information society

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Author(English)

Lee, Hee-Jeong

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[Birmingham]:University of Birmingham

Date 2012-01
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Social Development
Government and Law < Political Development
Holding University of Birmingham

Abstract

This thesis presents a late-Durkheimian theoretical framework on civil society as a sphere of solidarity and applies it to the development from modern society to an „information society‟. The framework is used to identify the cultural codes that exist in different information societies and to show their role in integrating or dividing the members of civil society. The framework is applied to South Korean civil society entering an information age coincident alongside processes of democratisation. Three policy debates relating to information are used as case studies to show the coexistence of, and conflicts between, a „developmental code‟ based on economic growth and anti-communism deriving from the authoritarian period of state-sponsored capitalism, and a later „democratic code‟ based on human rights. The three cases are: the Electronic National Identification Card, the National Education Information System and the credit information system. (The rest omitted)