The discursive foundations of the South Korean developmental state: Sasanggye and the reception of modernization theory

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Numerous journal and newspapers served as an important conduit for the introduction of modernization theory to Korea. This study considers the impact of modernization theory in postwar South Korean intellectual history through an examination of a major journal Sasanggye (1953-1970). Even though Sasanggye was a vocal critic of authoritarian rule, the journal often expressed ideas about development that were highly compatible with the emergence of an interventionist developmental state. By exploring the potential links between the spread of modernization theory and the emergence of an intellectual consensus on the need for state-led industrialization, this study attempts to pro vide a broader understanding of postwar Korean intellectual history.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-385
Number of pages23
JournalKorea Observer
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Sep 1


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  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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