Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9781842777435 Published October 2007 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $80.95 ISBN: 9781842777428 Published October 2007 For sale in North and South America only

Bipolar Orders

The Two Koreas Since 1989

Hyung Gu Lynn

Bipolar Orders

Hyung Gu Lynn

Distributed for Zed Books

224 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5
Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9781842777435 Published October 2007 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $80.95 ISBN: 9781842777428 Published October 2007 For sale in North and South America only
North Korea and South Korea are never far from the news headlines - one for the alleged danger it poses to the world, the other for its apparent capitalist success story. In Bipolar Orders, Hyung Gu Lynn analyzes the processes driving both countries since the 1980s.

North Korea has experienced severe economic deterioration and increasing international isolation, while South Korea has undergone democratization and witnessed the emergence of a vibrant consumer culture. Paradoxically, this growing gap in ideologies and material standards has led to improved relations between the two countries. Why has this counterintuitive development occurred? Is North Korea really a threat, and if so, for whom? This book provides a substantive, accessible, and timely examination of the complex and compelling histories of the two Koreas.
Contents
Introduction
1. Democratization and Anti-Americanism in South Korea
2. Capitalism and Consumerism in South Korea
3. Political Isolation of North Korea
4. Economic Decline of North Korea
5. Representations in Popular Culture of South and North
6. North Korea and South Korea in the World
Conclusions
Notes
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index
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