The Korean Women's Movement and the State
To Be Published November 30th 2013 by Routledge – 256 pages
Series: ASAA Women in Asia Series
Recent feminist scholarship has emphasized the need not only to recognize the accomplishments of women’s movements through political participation, but also to analyze the process through which feminist organizations interact with formal politics. This book takes up theoretical debates on the relationship between gender and the state through an analysis of the relationship between the women’s movement organizations and state-oriented gender politics during the ten year period of South Korea’s progressive presidencies. It questions whether the institutionalization of the women’s movement inevitably results in demobilization and deradicalization, and goes on to examine the relationship between the women’s movement and the government over the two most women-friendly administrations in South Korean history, a period marked by flourishing civil society activism and participatory democracy.
1. Gender and the State: Toward a Historically Specific Analysis 2. Against All Odds: A Hundred Years of the Women’s Movement 3. Prostitution, Feminist Discourse, and the Women’s Movement: The Enactment of the Law against Prostitution (2004) 4. The Personal is Political: the Abolition of the Family- Head System (2005) 5. From Feminist Politics to Family Politics: The Healthy Family Law and Childcare Policy (2004-2007) 6. Conclusion: the Korean Women’s Movement at the Crossroads
Seung-kyung Kim is Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, USA.