S-Space College of Social Sciences (사회과학대학) Dept. of Anthropology (인류학과) Korean Anthropology Review Korean Anthropology Review Vol.1 No.1 (2017)
The Native Korean Intellectual Framework of National Culture in the Japanese Colonial Period
- Kim, Kwang Ok
- Issue Date
- Korean Anthropology Review, Vol.1 No.1, pp. 67-103
- This article was originally published in 1998 in 『비교문화연구』 [Cross-cultural studies] 4: 79-120; Translated into English by Mengxi Li Seeley with Joseph Seeley.
- The cultural identity of the “nation” (minjok; 民族) has been constantly investigated not only by the so-called cultural nationalists but also by proponents of development theory and modernization theory. That is, questions about the characteristics of national culture, how those attributes contribute to modernization and which have a hindering effect have been followed by disputes about the very essence of Korean culture. Questions about this essence and its characteristics have resulted in debates regarding the proper interpretive framework for understanding Korean culture. This is a debate over what should be the primary content of culture theory and corresponding interpretive perspectives.