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The Social-cultural Meaning and Changes of Candlelight Demonstrations

  • The Journal of Northeast Asia Research
  • Abbr : NEA
  • 2019, 34(1), pp.245-274
  • DOI : 10.18013/jnar.2019.34.1.009
  • Publisher : The Institute for Northeast Asia Research
  • Research Area : Social Science > Political Science > International Politics > International Relations / Cooperation
  • Received : October 31, 2018
  • Accepted : August 6, 2019
  • Published : August 31, 2019

KimJongBub 1

1대전대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This paper will analyze the political meanings of 'Candlelight Demonstration' in 2016, concentrating on the analysis of social-cultural changes after Keun-Hye Park’s government and comparing it to the previous cases of candlelight demonstrations. The Korean democratic system had been so fast changed into a more regressive one since Myoung-Park Lee's government. But the 'Candlelight Demonstration' recurred in 2016 was a crucial phenomenon that could be interpreted as a new form of democratic political participation to resist against the deterioration of Korean democratic system. This study argues that we can understand the 'Candlelight Demonstration in 2016' as a new symbolic sign of Korean democracy, providing some explanations of the processes and social-cultural impacts of the 'Candlelight Demonstration in 2016'.

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