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Critical Review on Academic Writing in Korean Public Administration

  • Korean Society and Public Administration
  • Abbr : KSPA
  • 2011, 21(4), pp.99-118
  • Publisher : Seoul Association For Public Administration
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Administration

Kwon, Hae-Soo 1

1한성대학교

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ABSTRACT

Despite the longstanding significant status Korean Public Administration has had in the Korean society, the Korean Public Administration has not been responding to the changes in Korean Social Sciences or Humanities. With only the mainstream in concern, it has been blatantly following the trend in academia of dismissing the minority. The mainstream of Korean Public Administration has been influenced more by the deep-rooted hierarchism and factionalism of Korean society rather than its academic propensity. This paper seeks the reason for the crisis in Korean Public Administration from excessive Eurocentrism and criticizes the rise of intellectual colonialism from this indulgence. In other words, the westernization of academic criticism, analysis of Korea based on western theories, marginalization of Korean reality with Eurocentrism, and preference of American doctorates for employing professors are the some of the outcomes from Eurocentrism. This paper compares the alternatives of fundamental and realistic approaches to show that the academic identity and dependency relate to critical writing, proposing a humanistic and more balanced approach to public administration and more concentration on Korean society and public administration.

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