Organizing Dissent against Authoritarianism: The South Korean Student Movement in the 1980s
(Vol.45. No.3 Autumn, 2005 pp.261~289)
Park Mi
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This article deals with the main ideas and activities of antigovernment student activists in South Korea in the 1980s. The article argues that the South Korean student movement displayed great inventiveness with the methods of struggle, as student activists sought various ways to circumvent the legal constraints imposed on them by the repressive Chun Doo-hwan regime (1980-1987). The organizing and politicizing activities of the student activists represented dynamic and creative responses to the limitations and possibilities of the particular political contexts in South Korea during the 1980s.
Keywords: social movements, student movements, labour movements, South Korean politics, civil society, Marxism, the June Uprising of 1987
Types: Articles
Subject: Sociology , History
About the author(s) Park Mi (Bak, Mi) is Lecturer of Sociology and Anthropology at the Simon Fraser University in Canada. She received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Toronto and M.A. from the York University. She holds a doctorate in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (2004). Her areas of research and specializations include social movements, political sociology, Marxism, global political economy, globalization, gender inequality, and comparative studies of social movements in Asia. E-mail: