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Building Ships, Building a Nation: Korea’s Democratic Unionism under Park Chung Hee

Building Ships, Building a Nation: Korea’s Democratic Unionism under Park Chung Hee Book Reviews Building Ships, Building a Nation: Kor ea 's Dem ocratic Un ion­ ism unde r Park Chung He e by Hwasook Nam. Seattle: University of Wash ington Press, 2009. 336 pp. Illustrations, maps. $35.00 (paper) Hwasook Nam's Building Ships, Building a Nation: Korea 's Dem ocr atic Union­ ism under Park Chung Hee is a compelling work with much hi storiographical signi ficance. At the core of the book is a richly detailed and contextualized case study of labor act ivis m dur ing the 1960s at the Korea Shipb uilding and Engineer­ ing Corporation (KSEC ), then South Korea's largest shipyard, based prim aril y on the extensive archival records of the KSEC Union and supplemented by inter­ views wit h many former union activis ts. This case study is ut iliz ed to establish the continuity of not only labor act ivis m spec ifi ca lly but li b eralism more gener­ ally, from the colonial perio d to the present, thereby challenging the tendency to emphasize disjunctures in contemporary Korean hi story. In parti cular, Nam contests the notion of a lost generation of "weak" labor in the 1950s and I 960s, decades http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Korean Studies Duke University Press

Building Ships, Building a Nation: Korea’s Democratic Unionism under Park Chung Hee

Journal of Korean Studies , Volume 15 (1) – Sep 10, 2010

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Copyright © 2010 by the Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
ISSN
0731-1613
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2158-1665
DOI
10.1215/07311613-15-1-123
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Book Reviews Building Ships, Building a Nation: Kor ea 's Dem ocratic Un ion­ ism unde r Park Chung He e by Hwasook Nam. Seattle: University of Wash ington Press, 2009. 336 pp. Illustrations, maps. $35.00 (paper) Hwasook Nam's Building Ships, Building a Nation: Korea 's Dem ocr atic Union­ ism under Park Chung Hee is a compelling work with much hi storiographical signi ficance. At the core of the book is a richly detailed and contextualized case study of labor act ivis m dur ing the 1960s at the Korea Shipb uilding and Engineer­ ing Corporation (KSEC ), then South Korea's largest shipyard, based prim aril y on the extensive archival records of the KSEC Union and supplemented by inter­ views wit h many former union activis ts. This case study is ut iliz ed to establish the continuity of not only labor act ivis m spec ifi ca lly but li b eralism more gener­ ally, from the colonial perio d to the present, thereby challenging the tendency to emphasize disjunctures in contemporary Korean hi story. In parti cular, Nam contests the notion of a lost generation of "weak" labor in the 1950s and I 960s, decades

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Journal of Korean StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Sep 10, 2010

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