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Korean Workers and the Japanese Nitrogen Fertilizer Company

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Authors
Ahn, ByongJick
Issue Date
1990
Publisher
Seoul Journal of Economics
Citation
Seoul Journal of Economics 3 (No. 3 1990): 409-431
Keywords
korean workers; colonial industrialization
Abstract
This paper aims to examine how Korean workers in the colonized
Korea earned skills in response to the Japan-led industrialization
in the 1930s. The previous studies of others envisioned
the employment structure in the industrialization process
as the stratification of the Japanese skilled workers including
engineers and managers, vs. the Korean unskilled workers.
However, as school' 'education and on-the-job training
spread out in the process of industrialization, we can clearly
witness the tendency of Korean workers becoming skilled workers
and then engineers, even though the portion of Korean
workers who became highly-skilled workers and managers was
small, mainly due to the favoritism given to the Japanese students,
and partly due to the inexperience of Korean workers
who faced a sudden industrialization. The observation that the
Korean workers were competent enough to become skilled
workers even under the Japanese rule may shed some light on
the study of initial conditions of the Korean development after
the 1960s.
ISSN
1225-0279
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/904
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College of Social Sciences (사회과학대학)Institute of Economics Research (경제연구소)Seoul Journal of EconomicsSeoul Journal of Economics vol.03(4) (Winter 1990)
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