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Women and Democratization in the Republic of Korea

Women and Democratization in the Republic of Korea Seungsook Moon The spectacle of mass street demonstrations against authoricharacterized by the growing representation and participation of tarian regimes by college students, activists, workers, and midformerly marginalized social groups in all aspects of public and dle-class citizens in Korea during the late 1980s evoked dramatic private life and the improvement of the overall qualities of their images of democracy in its making. Indeed, one of the keywords lives. Indeed, the process of formal democratization in Korea, in the new lexicon of civilian regimes since the inauguration of beginning with the political transition from authoritarian rule to Kim Young Sam's government in 1993 has been "democratizaelectoral democracy, has been accompanied by the development tion" (minjuhwa).1 Yet, to what extent has democratization in of numerous autonomous women's associations. The Christian contemporary Korea really empowered women who have been Academy, established in 1973, trained the first generation of conmarginalized as a social group by the structure of gender? This temporary Korean feminists through study group activities.3 is an important question to consider since, despite the alluring These women became founding members of autonomous appeal of democracy as a normative ideal for the body politic, women's associations. In February 1987, twenty-one of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Good Society Penn State University Press

Women and Democratization in the Republic of Korea

The Good Society , Volume 11 (3) – Aug 1, 2002

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Seungsook Moon The spectacle of mass street demonstrations against authoricharacterized by the growing representation and participation of tarian regimes by college students, activists, workers, and midformerly marginalized social groups in all aspects of public and dle-class citizens in Korea during the late 1980s evoked dramatic private life and the improvement of the overall qualities of their images of democracy in its making. Indeed, one of the keywords lives. Indeed, the process of formal democratization in Korea, in the new lexicon of civilian regimes since the inauguration of beginning with the political transition from authoritarian rule to Kim Young Sam's government in 1993 has been "democratizaelectoral democracy, has been accompanied by the development tion" (minjuhwa).1 Yet, to what extent has democratization in of numerous autonomous women's associations. The Christian contemporary Korea really empowered women who have been Academy, established in 1973, trained the first generation of conmarginalized as a social group by the structure of gender? This temporary Korean feminists through study group activities.3 is an important question to consider since, despite the alluring These women became founding members of autonomous appeal of democracy as a normative ideal for the body politic, women's associations. In February 1987, twenty-one of

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Published: Aug 1, 2002

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