South Koreans in the debt crisis : the creation of a neoliberal welfare society / Jesook Song.

Song, Jesook, 1969-
Durham : Duke University Press, 2009.
Asia-pacific : culture, politics, and society
xxvi, 201 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Korea (South) -- Economic conditions -- 1988-.
Financial crises -- Korea (South).
Welfare state -- Korea (South).
Public welfare -- Korea (South).
Neoliberalism -- Korea (South).
Korea (South) -- Economic policy -- 1988-.
South Koreans in the Debt Crisis is a detailed examination of the logic underlying the neoliberal welfare state that South Korea created in response to the devastating Asian Debt Crisis (1997-2001). Jesook Song argues that while the government proclaimed that it would guarantee all South Koreans a minimum standard of living, it prioritized assisting those citizens perceived as embodying the neoliberal ideals of employability, flexibility, and self-sufficiency. Song demonstrates that the government was not alone in drawing distinctions between the 'deserving' and the 'undeserving' poor. Progressive intellectuals, activists, and organizations also participated in the neoliberal reform project. Song traces the circulation of neoliberal concepts throughout South Korean society, among government officials, the media, intellectuals, NGO members, and educated underemployed people working in public works programs. She analyzes the embrace of partnerships between NGOs and the government, the frequent invocation of a pervasive decline in family values, the resurrection of conservative gender norms and practices, and the promotion of entrepreneurship as the key to survival.
The emergence of the neoliberal welfare state in South Korea
The Seoul train station square and the house of freedom
"Family breakdown" and invisible homeless women
Assumptions and images of homeless women's needs
Youth as neoliberal subjects of welfare and labor
The dilemma of progressive intellectuals
Coda : the pursuit of well-being.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 169-188) and index.
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