Recasting the 'inter-Korea' in national reconciliation
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- Recasting the 'inter-Korea' in national reconciliation
- Sung, MinKyu
- Human rights; National reconciliation; Nationalism; North Korea; Otherization
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- ACADEMIA KOREANA KEIMYUNG UNIV
- ACTA KOREANA, v.15, no.1, pp.201 - 219
- This essay aims to provide a critical view of South Korean intellectuals and unification policy makers who stress the undisputed role of nationalism, across the diverse ideological spectrums, in constructing 'inter-Korea' reconciliation in South Korean society. They contend that meanings of counter-hegemonic practice against anti-North Korean ideology are already determined within the politics of national identification. However, this mode of thinking remains a predicament of the South Korean public's critical engagement with the way in which a moral claim to national identification is conflated with inter-Korea economic collaboration along the lines of neo-liberalism. But I also want to illuminate the connection that neo-liberalism and new conservatism in South Korea make in the attempt to help anti-North Koreanism survive democratic challenges. My critical evaluation of the connection suggests a discursive condition of what I call 'inter-Korea sociability', in which the South Korean public can appropriate social and historical claims about the inter-Korea relationship that range from the atrocious and violent events in the war to the so-called North Korean human rights crisis. I argue that two Koreas' reconciliation can come through resisting the romanticization of Koreans' own normative commitment to idealized national authenticity and liberal human rights.
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