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Threat, Memory, and Framing: The Development of South Korea’s Democracy Movement, 1979-1987

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posted on 2019-08-15, 17:55 authored by Soon Seok ParkSoon Seok Park
This dissertation research focuses on the development of South Korea’s democracy movement from 1979 to 1987, a time that was marked by two waves of sustained protest: one of which was brutally repressed while the other led to a transition to democracy. This dissertation examines the cultural processes at work during the period between these two waves. This study builds a dataset drawing on archival data in the form of memoirs, diaries, leaflets and brochures, minutes, statements, and testimonies of activists and activist organizations as well as newspaper reports and government documents. Using the dataset, this study advances scholarship on contentious politics and democratization by revising and expanding three theoretical concepts: threat, memory work, and framing.


Degree Type

  • Doctor of Philosophy


  • Sociology

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Rachel Einwohner

Additional Committee Member 2

Kevin Stainback

Additional Committee Member 3

Mangala Subramaniam

Additional Committee Member 4

Bert Useem

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