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A POST-CONFUCIAN CIVIL SOCIETY: LIBERAL COLLECTIVISM AND PARTICIPATORY POLITICS IN SOUTH KOREA

dc.contributor.advisorAlford, Freden_US
dc.contributor.authorKim, Sungmoonen_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-04-22T16:03:21Z
dc.date.available2008-04-22T16:03:21Z
dc.date.issued2007-11-14en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/7648
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation explores how South Koreans have creatively appropriated the meanings of democratic civility and national citizenship using Confucianism-originated familial affectionate sentiments (chŏng), while refusing their liberal individualistic counterparts through a cross-cultural and comparative theoretical approach. By investigating four recent civil-action cases in South Korea, it argues that the chŏng-induced politico-cultural practice of collective moral responsibility (uri-responsibility), which transcends the binary of individualism and collectivism and of liberalism and nationalism, represents the essence of Korean democratic civility. It theorizes the ethical quality that uri-responsibility generates, when practiced in the public sphere of a national civil society, in terms of "transcendental collectivism," and claims that unlike a liberal civil society aiming to empower the independent self's individual agency, the post-Confucian dialectic between agency and citizenship is focused on the interdependent selves' shard cultural-political identity, collective freedom, and democratic citizenship. This dissertation generalizes the liberal yet non-individualistic political practices that transcendental collectivism promotes in terms of "liberal collectivism" as opposed to liberal individualism, and argues that liberal collectivism has great potential to contribute to both liberal nationalism and participatory democracy in post-Confucian Korea.en_US
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dc.titleA POST-CONFUCIAN CIVIL SOCIETY: LIBERAL COLLECTIVISM AND PARTICIPATORY POLITICS IN SOUTH KOREAen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentGovernment and Politicsen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledPolitical Science, Generalen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledPhilosophyen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledPolitical Science, Generalen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledSouth Koreaen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledCivil Societyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledConfucianismen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledTranscendental Collectivismen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledCh?ngen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledResponsibilityen_US


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