ASIA’S UNKNOWN UPRISINGS VOLUME 1: SOUTH KOREAN SOCIAL MOVEMENTS IN THE 20TH CENTURY
by George Katsiaficas
“The work is well-researched, clearly-argued, and beautifully written, accessible to both academic and general readers.”- Prof. Carl Boggs, author of THE CRIMES OF EMPIRE AND IMPERIAL DELUSIONS
“With this volume, Katsiaficas challenges the eurocentrism of social movement scholarship and provides a radical reappraisal of the role of mass popular uprisings in contemporary history.”- Eddie Yuen, co-editor of CONFRONTING CAPITALISM: DISPATCHES FROM A GLOBAL MOVEMENT
Using social movement as a prism to illuminate the oft-hidden history of 20th century Korea, this book provides detailed analysis of major uprisings that have patterned that county’s politics and society. With a central focus on the 1980 Gwangju Uprising that ultimately proved decisive in South Korea’s democratization, the author uses Korean experiences as a baseboard to extrapolate into the possibilities of global social movement in the 21 century. Ten years in the making, the book provides a unique perspective on South Korea. It is the first volume in a two-part study that concludes by analyzing in rich detail uprisings in nine other places: the Philippines, Burma, Tibet China, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, and Indonesia. Richly illustrated, with tables, charts, graphs, index, and footnotes.
Jan 2012 978-1-60486-457-1 $26.95 6×9 Paperback 360 Pages
PM Press www.pmpress.org