Practicing Feminism in South Korea
The women’s movement against sexual violence
By Kyungja Jung
To Be Published September 6th 2013 by Routledge – 168 pages
Series: ASAA Women in Asia Series
The Korean women’s movement, which is widely seen, in both Western and non-Western countries, as exemplary in terms of women’s activism, experienced a dramatic change in its direction and strategy in the early 1990s, a typical example of the new approach being an increasing focus on sexual violence issues. The anti-sexual violence movement has had a huge impact in bringing women’s issues on to the public agenda in Korea, and has been claimed as the heart of the women’s movement in Korea. This book examines feminist practice in Korea, focusing on and analyzing the experiences of the first Sexual Assault Centre in Korea. Based on extensive original research, including interviews with activists and extensive participant observation, it explores why feminist activists in South Korea have organized vigorous activities on sexual violence, what has been the impact of the movement, and what have been the strategies and challenges in achieving their objectives.
Introduction 1. The Korean Anti-sexual Violence Movement: A newer women’s movement 2. Sexual Assault Centres as Feminist Practice: The establishment of Korea Sexual Violence Relief Center 3. From Silence to Speaking out: Cultural change through discursive politics 4. "Doing" the Movement: Advocacy and legal change 5. The Renaissance of the Women’s Movement: The institutionalization of feminist practice 6. The Impact of the Engagement with the State upon Feminist Organizational Practice Conclusion: Sustaining feminist practice
Kyungja Jung is a senior lecturer in the Department of Social and Political Change in the University of Technology, Sydney