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Globalization and the Social Integration of South-North Korea - From a Perspective of Inter-cultural Communication -

SHIN EUNHEE 1

1경희대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this paper is to present the social integration of South-North Korea from a cultural point of view by employing a methodology of the inter-cultural communication hermeneutics. The inter-cultural communication method has been driven by an emphasis on the relationships among different cultures in search of the most productive pathways to construct the more reliable and collaborative community in this global ear. As globalization and localization intensify in every corner of the world, the field of social-cultural integration of South-North of Korea is increasingly confronted by more fundamental issues of identity, community, and humanity. Culture, along with the political-economic dimension, has come to be one of the dominant issues within the social integration process of South-North Korea. Inter-cultural communication provides a conceptual framework for analyzing interaction between dissimilar societies of South-North Korea. This paper presents a critical view about the frequent use of South Korea's cultural standards in intercultural communication as a form of hegemony, which is linked with globalization as Anglo-Americanization, trans-nationalization, and commercialization. The model of social integration has been discussed based on the four representative theories: functionalist, neo-functionalist, systematic theory, and structural analysis to bring up the recreation of the Korean organic model of integration without relying on a particular westernized model. The survival and flourishing of two Koreas depends on the ability to communicate successfully across differences. This paper examines the futuristic forms of cultural integration: culture of distance, restoration of the ancient Korean cultural heritage, cultural bi-polarity, disintegration of ethnocentrism, neo-Korean feminism & sex culture, and conflict between nationalism and fundamental religions. The basic rationale of this paper is on that the mutual referencing and learning of South-North Korea that will be vital to the harmonious social integration of South-North Korea. Somewhere in the convergence of the two cultures and perceptions the South-North Korea, they discover the channel of the ‘transversality’ of culture and the meaning of co-existence as well.

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