Korea Institute: Social Hierarchy and Civil Society in South Korea: Class, Gender, Ethnicity/Nation


Thursday, February 5, 2015, 4:30pm to 6:00pm


S250, Porté Room, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA

Seungsook Moon, Professor of Sociology, Vassar College; Sang-kee Kim Visiting Professor of the Social Sciences, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and Department of Sociology, Harvard University

Chaired by Paul Y. Chang, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

Building upon empirically grounded studies of civil society in contemporary Asia and beyond, this study examines how such enduring social hierarchy as class, gender, and ethnicity/nation have inflected the working of civil society in the processes of (conservative) democratization and (neoliberal) globalization. In particular, it focuses on three different types of NGOs to analyze how the normative ideal of civil society (as the space of voluntary association) is modified by and modifying these social hierarchies.

The Korea Institute acknowledges the generous support of the Kim Koo Foundation.

Read more on the South Asia Institute Website.