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Confucianism and Modernization in East Asia

Confucianism and Modernization in East Asia

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Spanning the 19th and 20th centuries and identifying multiple waves of modernization, this book illustrates how principles originating in Chinese Confucianism have impacted the modernization of East Asia, especially in Korea. It also analyzes how such principles are exercised at personal, interpersonal and organizational levels. As modernization unfolds in East Asia, there is a rising interest in tradition of Confucianism and reconsider the relevance of Confucianism to global development.
This book considers the actual historical significance of Confucianism in the modernization of the three nations in this region, China, Korea, and Japan through the nineteenth century and early twentieth century to the aftermath of the end of World War II. Examining the existing literature dealing with how Confucianism has been viewed in connection with modernization, it provides insight into western attitudes towards Confucianism and the changes in perceptions relative to Asia in the very process of modernization itself.

About the Author: Dr Kim Kyong-Dong is Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Seoul National University, South Korea. The preeminent sociologist in Korea, he has devoted his career to analyzing and comparing "east" and "west" issues from a cultural perspective. After gaining his PhD at Cornell University in the US, Professor Kim was a visiting scholar in the US, Taiwan, France and a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Washington, DC, as well as President of the Korean Sociological Association. He has widely published in English, Korean, Japanese and French on issues of development and modernization, social change and industrialization, sociological theory, education and religion.

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  • ISBN-13: 9789811036255
  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Publisher Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Edition: 1st ed. 2017
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 18 mm
  • Weight: 499 gr
  • ISBN-10: 981103625X
  • Publisher Date: 15 May 2017
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Height: 210 mm
  • No of Pages: 267
  • Series Title: English
  • Sub Title: Critical Reflections
  • Width: 148 mm

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