Korea’s Great Transformation and Hagen Koo’s Sociological Journey

Hagen KooIn the past half cen­tu­ry, South Korea has trans­formed itself from a poor agri­cul­tur­al coun­try into a high­ly indus­tri­al­ized and glob­al­ized soci­ety.

Through­out this trans­for­ma­tion, Hagen Koo, pro­fes­sor of soci­ol­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i at Mānoa, has been study­ing and writ­ing about the remark­able social changes Korea has expe­ri­enced.

Now, on the eve of his retire­ment, Pro­fes­sor Koo will offer a lec­ture reflect­ing on his past research endeav­ors and the trends of soci­o­log­i­cal the­o­ries that have influ­enced his work.

He will speak May 11, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies audi­to­ri­um.

Hagen KooHagen Koo is a grad­u­ate of Seoul Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty and received his Ph.D. in soci­ol­o­gy at North­west­ern Uni­ver­si­ty in 1974. His asso­ci­a­tion with the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i start­ed the fol­low­ing year. Then a fac­ul­ty mem­ber at Mem­phis State Uni­ver­si­ty, he par­tic­i­pat­ed in the sec­ond major con­fer­ence staged by the recent­ly cre­at­ed UH Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies, a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary con­fer­ence on South Korea. Koo sub­se­quent­ly spent the 1978‒1979 aca­d­e­m­ic year at Mānoa as a vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor in the Soci­ol­o­gy Depart­ment, and in 1981 he joined the UH fac­ul­ty.

The author of numer­ous arti­cles and chap­ters in his field, he has also pro­duced notable books. His Kore­an Work­ers: The Cul­ture and Pol­i­tics of Class For­ma­tion (Cor­nell Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 2001) won the Amer­i­can Soci­o­log­i­cal Association’s award for the most dis­tin­guished book pub­lished on Asia dur­ing 2001‒2003. The book has been trans­lat­ed into Kore­an, Chi­nese, Japan­ese, and Thai.

Oth­er works include the edit­ed vol­umes State and Soci­ety in Con­tem­po­rary Korea (Cor­nell Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 1993) and (with Kim Keong-il and Kim Jun) Mod­ern Kore­an Labor: A Source­book (Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies Press, 2015).

Koo describes his cur­rent research as being focused on the nature of eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment and neolib­er­al glob­al­iza­tion in East Asia. In par­tic­u­lar, he is inter­est­ed in the ways struc­tur­al changes gen­er­ate new forms of class inequal­i­ty and insti­tu­tion­al changes in East Asian soci­eties.

He is cur­rent­ly work­ing on a book ten­ta­tive­ly titled Cos­mopoli­tan Anx­i­ety: South Korea’s Glob­al­ized Mid­dle Class in which he is explor­ing “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.”

Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies events are free and open to all. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, includ­ing infor­ma­tion regard­ing access for the hand­i­capped, tele­phone the Cen­ter at (808) 956‑7041. The Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i is an equal opportunity/affirmative action Insti­tu­tion.

Faculty Positions Open at University of Central Lancashire

UCLAN logoThe School of Lan­guage, Lit­er­a­ture and Inter­na­tion­al Stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cen­tral Lan­cashire in Pre­ston, Unit­ed King­dom, invites appli­ca­tions for two fac­ul­ty posi­tions in Kore­an stud­ies. The dead­line for appli­ca­tions is June 14, 2015.

One posi­tion is for an asso­ciate lec­tur­er in Kore­an lan­guage on a two-year con­tract.
Appli­cants should have expe­ri­ence teach­ing Kore­an lan­guage and cul­ture in a high­er-edu­ca­tion set­ting, native or near-native com­mand of Kore­an, excel­lent pre­sen­ta­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, and a will­ing­ness to deliv­er inno­v­a­tive teach­ing meth­ods and mate­ri­als. For a com­plete descrip­tion of the posi­tion, see http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/ALD586/associate-lecturer-in-korean/.

The sec­ond posi­tion is for a lec­tur­er in Kore­an stud­ies, also on a two-year con­tract. Desired appli­cants will be edu­cat­ed to Ph.D. lev­el (or near com­ple­tion), have native or near-native abil­i­ty in Kore­an lan­guage, and have expe­ri­ence of cur­ricu­lum design and devel­op­ment in social sci­ence-found­ed mod­ules in Kore­an stud­ies, prefer­ably in the dis­ci­plines of inter­na­tion­al rela­tions, polit­i­cal sci­ence, or soci­ol­o­gy. See the com­plete descrip­tion at http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/ALD588/lecturer-in-korean-studies.

Call for Articles: Romanian Journal of Sociology

Romanian Academy logoRoman­ian Jour­nal of Soci­ol­o­gy, pub­lished by the Insti­tute of Soci­ol­o­gy, Roman­ian Acad­e­my, invites sub­mis­sion of orig­i­nal empir­i­cal (qual­i­ta­tive or quan­ti­ta­tive) research, lit­er­a­ture reviews, the­o­ret­i­cal or method­olog­i­cal con­tri­bu­tions, inte­gra­tive reviews, meta-analy­ses, and com­par­a­tive or his­tor­i­cal stud­ies on the top­ic “Korea’s Soft Pow­er in the World.”

Arti­cles should have between 8,000 and 10,000 words, with an abstract of 250–300 words and five key-words. Arti­cles should adhere to APA Style. Name man­u­scripts in the form Authorname_KoreaSoftPower. Doc. Arti­cles should be sub­mit­ted on line at the address romanianjournalsociology@gmail.com. Indi­cate in the title of the mes­sage “Arti­cle for the spe­cial issue on Korea’s Soft Pow­er in the World.”

The dead­line for sub­mit­ting arti­cles is Octo­ber 1, 2014. Ques­tions should be direct­ed to the edi­tors at: romanianjournalsociology@gmail.com.

Sociology Colloquium: Ethnography of Urban Poor in Seoul

Photo: Cho UhnSoci­ol­o­gist Uhn Cho will present a col­lo­qui­um titled “Prac­tic­ing Soci­ol­o­gy and the Pol­i­tics of Ethnog­ra­phy: A 25-Year Ethnog­ra­phy on Three-Gen­er­a­tions of Urban Poor in Seoul” Tues­day, Octo­ber 16, 2012. The UH Manoa Depart­ment of Soci­ol­o­gy col­lo­qui­um will be held in Saun­ders Hall 624 (The Fried­man Room) begin­ning at 4:30 p.m.

Pro­fes­sor Uhn Cho received her Ph.D. from the the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i at Manoa in 1982 and taught at Dong­guk Uni­ver­si­ty in Korea until this past spring. A renowned schol­ar whose work has crossed dis­ci­pli­nary and genre bound­aries, she has writ­ten numer­ous arti­cles and books on Korea’s class inequal­i­ty, gen­der rela­tions, fam­i­ly, and cul­tur­al soci­ol­o­gy.

Con­cur­rent with her retire­ment, Pro­fes­sor Cho pub­lished Sadang 25, a twen­ty-five-year-long ethno­graph­ic study of the poor res­i­dents of the Sadang neigh­bor­hood, inves­ti­gat­ing how their fam­i­ly for­tunes have been altered in the midst of dra­mat­ic eco­nom­ic change in Korea. She is also the author of the nov­el House of Silence, a sto­ry of fam­i­lies suf­fer­ing from hav­ing a fam­i­ly mem­ber who fled to com­mu­nist North Korea dur­ing the post-World War II era. Her doc­u­men­tary film, A Nice Place, on urban pover­ty in Korea, was select­ed for the 13th Inter­na­tion­al Women’s Film Fes­ti­val in Seoul.

For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact the Depart­ment of Soci­ol­o­gy at (808) 956‑7693 or, by e-mail, at socdept@hawaii.edu.

Harvard Recruiting Specialist in Korean Society

The Depart­ment of Soci­ol­o­gy at Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty seeks to fill a full-time, tenure-track posi­tion as assis­tant or untenured asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of soci­ol­o­gy in Kore­an soci­ety begin­ning in fall 2013. Sub­stan­tive areas of research and teach­ing are open. Can­di­dates are required to have a Ph.D. by the expect­ed start date and should have demon­strat­ed the promise of excel­lence in both research and teach­ing. Teach­ing duties will include offer­ings at both the under­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate lev­els as well as under­grad­u­ate the­sis advis­ing.

Appli­cants should sub­mit a dossier includ­ing: (1) a vita list­ing pub­lished and unpub­lished papers, (2) a cov­er let­ter, (3) a state­ment describ­ing cur­rent and pro­ject­ed research activ­i­ties, (4) a state­ment describ­ing teach­ing expe­ri­ence and inter­ests, and (5) two or three pieces of writ­ten work includ­ing at least one dis­ser­ta­tion chap­ter. Also include names and con­tact infor­ma­tion for three ref­er­ences.

All mate­ri­als, includ­ing let­ters of ref­er­ence, should be sub­mit­ted online to http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/4184. Mate­ri­als sub­mit­ted by reg­u­lar mail or e-mail will not be accept­ed. The dead­line to sub­mit appli­ca­tions is Sep­tem­ber 15, 2012.