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Sony vs Samsung: The Inside Story of the Electronics Giants’ Battle For Global Supremacy

From the publisher’s website: “Sony vs. Samsung is business history at its best! It explores the divergent fortunes of these two electronics giants in the last decade and identifies the true reasons behind Sony’s decline and Samsung’s rise. Contrary to popular belief, Chang shows that success (or failure) does not simply arise from different strategies. Rather, … [Read More]

Diseased Dirigisme: The Political Sources of Financial Policy toward Small Business in Korea

From the publisher’s website: The financial and economic collapse of 1997 provoked serious reflection on South Korea’s development experience. This book offers a critique of how conventional analyses have interpreted Korean development by focusing on the problems of Korean dirigisme (state-led development) that led to the crisis. Korea’s dirigisme carried with it a flawed authoritarian … [Read More]

The Korean Presidents: Leadership for Nation Building

Dr. Choong Nam Kim has written an important and penetrating study of the Korean presidents from Syngman Rhee to Roh Moo Hyun in the context of their eras. His analysis of their influence and leadership styles is required reading in the continuing reassessment of their respective roles in the remarkable changes and development of politics … [Read More]

The Korean Developmental State: From dirigisme to neo-liberalism

From the publisher’s website: The Korean Developmental State is a comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of processes of state and economic restructuring in South Korea since the 1997 crisis. The book distinguishes itself from previous studies by consistently arguing that structural changes in the global political economy have played a crucial role in reshaping the Korean … [Read More]

Brother One Cell: An American Coming of Age in South Korea’s Prisons

From the publisher’s website: Cullen Thomas had a typical suburban upbringing. He was raised on Long Island, and after graduating from college he was looking for meaning and excitement. Possessed of a youthful, romantic view of the world, he left New York at age twenty-three and set off for a job teaching English in Seoul, … [Read More]

Militarized Modernity and Gendered Citizenship in South Korea

From the publisher’s website: This pathbreaking study presents a feminist analysis of the politics of membership in the South Korean nation over the past four decades. Seungsook Moon examines the ambitious effort by which South Korea transformed itself into a modern industrial and militarized nation. She demonstrates that the pursuit of modernity in South Korea … [Read More]

Financial Crisis and Transformation of Korean Business Groups: The Rise and Fall of Chaebols

From the publisher’s website: Sea-Jin Chang argues that the Korean financial crisis of 1997 was due to the inertia of both the business groups known as chaebols and the Korean government which prevented adaptation to changing external environments. Once the Korean government stopped central economic planning and pursued economic liberalization in the 1980s, the transition … [Read More]

In Pursuit of Status: The Making of South Korea’s “New” Urban Middle Class

From the publisher’s website: In this ethnography of the everyday life of contemporary Korea, Denise Lett argues that South Korea’s contemporary urban middle class not only exhibits upper-class characteristics but also that this reflects a culturally inherited disposition of Koreans to seek high status. Lett shows that Koreans have adapted traditional ways of asserting high status … [Read More]

Korean Crisis: Unraveling of the Miracle in the IMF Era

Donald Kirk explores the origins and effects of Korea’s economic crisis. He traces the events that constituted the crisis, including a series of scandals at the height of the Korean miracle; the efforts of President Kim Dae Jung to curb the overweening power of the chaebol, or conglomerates; and the outside intervention by the IMF and … [Read More]