Practicing Feminism in South Korea: The women's movement against sexual violence

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Routledge
Publication Type:
Book
Citation:
2014, 1
Issue Date:
2014-01
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The Korean womens movement, which is seen in both Western and non-Western countries as being exemplary in terms of womens activism, experienced a dramatic change in its direction and strategy in the early 1990s. At the heart of the new approach was an increasing focus on sexual violence, which has had a huge impact on bringing womens issues onto the public agenda in Korea. This book examines feminist practice in Korea by analyzing the experiences of the countrys first sexual assault center, the Korea Sexual Violence Relief Center. Based on extensive original research, including interviews with activists and extensive participant observation, it explores why feminist activists in South Korea chose to organize around the issue of sexual violence, the strategies it used to do so, what impact the movement has made and what challenges it still faces to achieve its objectives.
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