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Globalisation and Labour Struggle in Asia: A Neo-Gramscian Critique of South Korea's Political Economy (International Library of Economics) Hardcover – 23 May 2007

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris (23 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845113780
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845113780
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.4 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,006,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Phoebe Moore makes a fresh and important contribution to the study of global political economic struggles, deploying an analysis of South Korean labour in relation to capitalist development and globalization, hegemony and passive revolution. This is agency-centred critical International Political Economy at its best, addressing one of the great labour struggles of our time. --Barry Gills, Professor of Global Politics, Newcastle University

Phoebe Moore has produced here a rich and engaging study of South Korean political economy, which deserves to be read widely. It acts as a useful stimulus towards continued exploration of the social relations and political struggles which underpin and shape contemporary development processes. --Nicola Phillips, Professor of Political Economy, University of Manchester

'In this empirically rich and conceptually innovative book, Phoebe Moore convincingly demonstrates that neo-liberal restructuring in South Korea had not been a hegemonic process, but was constantly contested by workers shaping the outcome. I strongly recommend this book for reading to everyone interested in neo-liberal globalisation and the possibilities of resistance to it.' --Andreas Bieler, Professor of Political Economy, University of Nottingham --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Dr. Phoebe Moore is Lecturer in International Relations at English, Sociology, Politics and Contemporary History and European Studies Research Institute at University of Salford


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This excellent short book explores the mechanisms of integration and legitimation of neoliberalism in modern South Korea, but is also relevant to those with a broader interest in social control and ideological production. It includes historical context, literature engagement and primary research in the form of interviews. The book is about employability discourse as a part of state-led `passive revolution'.

Moore argues that Korean development has always been state-led, and the state is connected to the transnational capitalist class of neo-Gramscian theory, but neither class nor state is hegemonic. As part of the neoliberal project, the Korean state attacks job security and full employment. To head off the revolt this causes, the state promotes vocational education and training as a substitute for concessions to workers and political inclusion. The content of such training consists of indoctrination into pro-system mindsets and attitudes. It has failed, however, to silence dissent and faces considerable resistance.

This is an important text, with relevance far beyond its specific subject-matter. Moore demonstrates the incompatibility of the idea of `employability' with social inclusion and hence with democracy. We can look forward to more along similar lines as the author has another book due out shortly. In the meantime, this book shows clearly the structural and ideological operation of vocational training and `employability' discourse as forms of social control, linking issues of the crisis of representation and declining state legitimacy to the reconstruction of the global economy and throwing into doubt theories of global hegemony. An important analysis not to be missed by those working in related fields.
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