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Cold War Structure and Culture in South Korea

  • Korean Social Science Journal
  • Abbr : KSSJ
  • 2017, 44(1), pp.33-49
  • Publisher : Korean Social Science Research Council
  • Research Area : Social Science > Social Science in general
  • Published : June 1, 2017

CHUN, CHAESUNG 1

1서울대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

South Korean culture during the Cold War times has been made not just by the Cold War structure at the global and regional level, but also by innate, ongoing structural development: in this case, modernizing process of South Korea. South Korean Cold War culture was the combination of these various cultures: political authoritarianism, developmental economy, militarism, and westernization. These elements have been organically combined by worldwide Cold War structure and culture, producing a very specific Cold War culture in South Korea. To trace the evolution of the Cold War culture on the Peninsula, this article, first, traces the relationship between structure and culture from the start of the Cold War until the period of Roh Moo Hyun’s presidency which attempted the possible dismantlement of the Cold War architecture on the Peninsula. Second, it examines the interaction of various subcultures during the Cold War period. The mixture of many structures produces also various and multi-faceted cultural contents. These different cultural contests form subcultures and affected South Koreans in different issue areas. Third, it examines different features and aspects of Cold War culture of South Korea in different times.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.