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The Different Views on North Korea: Focusing on the Image Theory

  • The Journal of Northeast Asia Research
  • Abbr : NEA
  • 2019, 34(1), pp.183-213
  • DOI : 10.18013/jnar.2019.34.1.007
  • Publisher : The Institute for Northeast Asia Research
  • Research Area : Social Science > Political Science > International Politics > International Relations / Cooperation
  • Received : July 1, 2019
  • Accepted : August 6, 2019
  • Published : August 31, 2019

RHEE BYOUNG HEE 1

1공주대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This paper is an attempt to analyze the relationship between South and North Korea in terms of the political psychology. The study of various and changing images on North Korea which South Korean policy makers have, make us better understand the South Korean policy dealing with North Korea. According to the images, We can find different reposes and strategies towards North Korea. For example, the enemy image supports containment tactics, the barbarian image facilitates a quest for alliance or strengthening alliance and power augmentation, the rogue image make us leaning towards hard retribution, the degenerate image increases chances to destroy North Korea and underestimate the power of North Korea. Though these images are subjective and non-logical, we can use them as the limits of South Korean Policies toward North Korea. We try to keep our eyes wide open to the acceptance of the blind and operational images on North Korea without the background of scientific knowledge as well as the danger of the wishful thinking.

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