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Globalization, national identity and foreign policy : Understanding 'global Korea'

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  • Globalization, national identity and foreign policy
  • Jojin V., John
  • Copenhagen Business School


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Title Globalization, national identity and foreign policy
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Understanding 'global Korea'

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Jojin V., John

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[Frederiksberg]:Copenhagen Business School

Date 2015
Journal Title; Vol./Issue The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies:Vol. 33(No. 2)
Pages 20
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < International Politics
Holding Copenhagen Business School

Abstract

One of the striking themes in contemporary South Korean foreign policy is a strong emphasis on achieving seonjinguk (advanced nation) status in international affairs, as articulated in the slogan 'Global Korea'. Engaging with the discourse of globalization, the concept of seonjinguk has provided Korea with an interpretive framework for discussions of its national identity and global position. The historical experience of Korea as a hujinguk (backward country) underlies the emphasis accorded to the goal of becoming seonjinguk. The article argues that the discursive practice of Global Korea was not merely a point of departure in Korean foreign policy but was also the key site of Korean national identity construction. Through an exploration of the historical context and diplomatic practice of constructing Global Korea, it illustrates the continuity and authority of the discourse of seonjinguk in interpreting and constructing Korean national identity.