Political Culture And Traditions in Korea
“It may be said of Korea that there is no other country of comparable significance concerning which so many people are ignorant”
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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POLITICAL CULTURE ANDTRADITIONSYANG SUNGCHUL “It may be said of Korea that there is no other country of comparable significance concerning which so many people are ignorant” (Osgood) By Dario BERREBI, 2011- 03-10
More confucianist than the Chinese Centralized bureaucratic state(s) early on (Han dyn.) Korea’s pacifism and elite political culture Chinese Legist School: law as an “arm of the state”, politics and social behavior. The shrimp between the two whales (submission and sovereignty: mohwa/sadae, Japan, barbarian tribes) A contradictory approach on the stability
Chinese and Confucian influences Civil service examination: 文 Social class and hierarchy: Talent and education Literati, farmers, artisans and merchants Social relations, social order: Rights, obligations, heredityRites, symbolism and culture: and legitimacyInterpretation and civilization And Buddhism for the spiritual realm… and politics A Korean Identity
Reflexive but Korean-centered view South Koreans’ “weak commitment to and respect for democratic values and beliefs” “Common authoritarian root deeply imbedded in the Korean historical and cultural psyche”? Rivalries and factionalism: typically Korean ? Centralized system: root of stagnation, inequality, arrogance, rigidity, but also efficiency and expertise A history of institutions Modernity and social-darwinism An irreducible core of “koreanness”?