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Study of International Relations in Korea:Reality and Search for an Alternative

Jinseog Yu 1 박건영 2

1숙명여자대학교
2가톨릭대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

This study aims to explore correctives to overcome the heavy dependence of the Korean International Relations(hereafter IR) scholarship on American IR scholarship. The main argument of this study is that although it is desirable from a long-term perspective to develop universally valid IR theories "made in Korea," from a short to midium term perspective it is more realistic to make good use of the American mainstream scholarship in a critical, self-conscious, and strategical manner. This study is organized as follows:In chapter 2 we discuss the on-going debate among Korean IR scholars on the issue of Korean academia's heavy dependence on American IR theories. Chapter 3 discusses why the question of academic dependence matters. In chapter 4, we examine the cause of the persistence of the Korean scholarship's heavy dependence on American scholarship. Overcoming dependence and searching for "Korean-style" IR scholarship would be possible only if we closely examine the cause of the dependence. In chapter 5 we discuss the future direction of “Korean-style” IR studies.

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