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Verfasst von:Kwon, Jaok [VerfasserIn]   i
Titel:Forging feminism within labor unions and the legacy of democracy movements in South Korea
Verf.angabe:Jaok Kwon
Umfang:17 S.
Fussnoten:Gesehen am 13.11.2018
Titel Quelle:Enthalten in: Labor history
Jahr Quelle:2018
Band/Heft Quelle:59(2018), 5, S. 639-655
ISSN Quelle:1469-9702
Abstract:Although most scholarship stresses that ‘male regular worker-centeredness’ is a trait of mainstream Korean labor unions, the specific reasons why feminism has failed to spread within Korean unionism have not been clarified. In order to answer this question, this article focuses on the entangled interrelations of feminism with broader social movements, maintaining that the historical legacy of the victory of the 1987 Great Worker Struggle - led by male workers from the heavy and chemical industries - is still a powerful factor in discouraging the spread of feminism, even though a fundamental transformation in the nature of Korean labor unions from being primarily class conscious to economistic has taken place. This article also highlights that Korean women’s movements have raised little criticism against the gender-blindness of labor unionism largely because Korean labor unions have been positioned as a ‘moral force’ in bringing about democratization. Furthermore, I stress that conflict between old feminists (socialist feminism) and young feminists (radical feminism), who tend to reflect on the dichotomous relations between gender and/or class, has actually been counterproductive to the proliferation of feminism within Korean labor unions.
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