College of Social SciencesUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa
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Department of Sociology

 

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Hagen Koo

Hagen Koo

Professor

History

Education:
PhD Northwestern University

 

Interests

Research:
My current research is focused on the nature of economic development and neoliberal globalization as they have evolved in East Asia. I am particularly interested in the ways these structural changes generate new forms of class inequality and institutional changes in these societies. Currently, I am working on a book, tentatively titled, Cosmopolitan Anxiety: South Korea’s Globalized Middle Class. This book explores the ways the South Korean middle class has changed significantly as a consequence of neoliberal globalization—from a relatively homogeneous and upwardly mobile class to an internally polarized, anxiety ridden, and politically unpredictable class. My analysis is focused on the rise of an affluent segment of the middle class with a strong cosmopolitan aspiration and what it means for the larger middle class and for the whole society. I believe what is happening in South Korea is indicative of changes occurring in other globalizing societies and hope to extend my study to other East Asian societies.

 

Publications

Inequality in South Korea (2014) : On-line journal: http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/07/01/inequality-in-south-korea/
Reprinted in http://www.glocal.org.hk/articles/38343
Type: Articles in other periodicals

Korea Labor Sourcebook (2014 forthcoming) (2014) Type: Books of original scholarship–author/co-author Co-Authors: Keongil Kim, Jun Kim

Rethinking the Korean Middle Class [in Korean] (2012) : This article appeared in The Quarterly Changbi 155: 403-421.
Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals

Labor Policies and Labor Relations during the Park Chung Hee Era (2011) : This chapter appeared in The Park Era: A Reassessment After 25 Years, edited by Hyung-a Kim and Clark Sorenson, University of Washington Press. Type: Chapters in books

The Korean Stratification System: Continuity and Change (2007) : This chapter appeared in Modern Korean Society: Its Development and Prospect, edited by Hyuk-rae Kim and Bok Song (Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California at Berkeley: 36-62. Type: Chapters in books

Labor Movement in Korea Losing Steam (2007) : This chapter appeared in Insight into Korea, edited by The Korea Herald: 241-252. Type: Chapters in books

A New Approach to Class Analysis in South Korea in the Age of Globalization [in Korean] (2007) : This article appeared in Economy and Society 76: 255-289.

Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals

The Changing Faces of Inequality in South Korea in the Age of Globalization (2007) : This article appeared in Korean Studies 31: 1-18.

Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals

The Irony of Labor Strength and Income Inequality: A Comparison of Brazil and South Korea (2006) : This chapter appeared in Political Conflict and Development in East Asia and Latin America, edited by Richard Boyd, Benno Galjart, and Tak-Wing Ngo, Routledge: 53-73. Type: Chapters in books

Wild Geese Fathers’ and a Globalised Family Strategy for Education in Korea (2006) : This article appeared in International Development Planning Review 28: 533-553. Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals Co-Authors: Yean-Ju Lee

Korean Workers: The Culture and Politics of Class Formation (2001) : The book received a Book Award from the Asia and Asian America Section of the American Sociological Association, and was translated into Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Thai.
Type: Books of original scholarship–author/co-author

 

eSyllabi

SOC 358 (Spring 2017) : Sociology of Korea - Download
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SOC 720 (Spring 2017) : Comparative Study of East Asia - Download
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SOC 411 (Fall 2016) : Analysis in Social Stratification - Download
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SOC 620 (Fall 2016) : Seminar in Social Stratification - Download
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