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Korea and Its Futures: Unification and the Unfinished War

Korea and Its Futures: Unification and the Unfinished War (Paperback)

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Despite the official end of the civil war in Korea, the north and the south sections of the country remain technically at war. Roy Grinker argues that the continued conflict between North and South Korea, and the prospects for peace on the Korean peninsula, must be understood within the broader social and cultural contexts in which Koreans live. He suggests that a fundamental obstacle to peace on the peninsula is that South Korea has become a nation in which nearly all aspects of economic, political, and cultural identity are defined in opposition to North Korea. He further demonstrates that in spite of its status as a sacred goal for all Koreans, the idea of unification threatens the world in which almost every South Korean has been born and raised. In chapters on defectors, divided families, student protests, and early education, Grinker reveals how South Korean conceptions of unification prevent either side from recognizing that a unified Korea must also be a diverse Korea.

In other words, Grinker points out, unification is largely perceived by South Koreans not as the integration of different identities but as the southern conquest and assimilation of the north in short, as winning the war.

History & PoliticsMilitary HistoryHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentInternational relationsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural Studies Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Publication Date: 29/03/2000 ISBN-13: 9780333913932  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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ROY RICHARD GRINKER is Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at George Washington University and Senior Asian Fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington, DC. He is the author of Houses in the Rainforest: Ethnicity and Inequality Among Farmers and Foragers in Central Africa.

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