1970s South Korea is characterized by many as the "dark age for
democracy." Most scholarship on South Korea's democracy movement
and civil society has focused on the "student revolution" in 1960
and the large protest cycles in the 1980s which were followed by
Korea's transition to democracy in 1987. But in his groundbreaking
work of political and social history of 1970s South Korea, Paul
Chang highlights the importance of understanding the emergence and
evolution of the democracy movement in this oft-ignored decade.
Protest Dialectics journeys back to 1970s South Korea and provides
readers with an in-depth understanding of the numerous events in
the 1970s that laid the groundwork for the 1980s democracy movement
and the formation of civil society today. Chang shows how the
narrative of the 1970s as democracy's "dark age" obfuscates the
important material and discursive developments that became the
foundations for the movement in the 1980s which, in turn, paved the
way for the institutionalization of civil society after transition
in 1987. To correct for these oversights in the literature and to
better understand the origins of South Korea's vibrant social
movement sector this book presents a comprehensive analysis of the
emergence and evolution of the democracy movement in the 1970s.
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